Bad Penny Blues
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|"Bad Penny Blues"|
|Single by Humphrey Lyttelton And His Band|
|B-side||Close Your Eyes|
|Format||10" 78 rpm Single + 7" 45 rpm Single|
|Recorded||April 20, 1956, IBC Studios, London|
|Label||Parlophone ER 4184|
|Producer(s)||Joe Meek for Denis Preston|
"Bad Penny Blues" is a fast instrumental blues written by Humphrey Lyttelton and recorded with his band in London on April 20, 1956.
It was originally released as Parlophone ER 4184 and became a hit record in Britain at the time.
It was the first British jazz record to get into the Top Twenty, and stayed there for six weeks. It was unusual in being a non-vocal entry in the charts. Its success was very much due to the very catchy boogie piano riff, played by Johnny Parker and brought to the front by producer Joe Meek. Paul McCartney based his piano part for the Beatles' song "Lady Madonna" on this riff.
"Bad Penny Blues" was featured in Mike Figgis' film Red, White & Blues and is on the soundtrack CD of that film.
It was a popular and regular feature of Lyttelton concerts, sometimes played with accompanying riffs by the Band. It was recorded again by Lyttelton with Elkie Brooks in 2002, with lyrics added, on their album Trouble in Mind.
- Everett, Walter (31 March 1999). The Beatles As Musicians: Revolver through the Anthology. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 153. ISBN 019988093X.
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