Dizzy, Miss Lizzy

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"Dizzy, Miss Lizzy"
Single by Larry Williams
Released March 1958
Format 7-inch single
Recorded February 19, 1958
Studio Radio Recorders, Hollywood, California
Genre Rock and roll
Length 2:25
Label Specialty (626)
Songwriter(s) Larry Williams
Larry Williams singles chronology
"Bony Moronie"
"Dizzy, Miss Lizzy" / "Slow Down"
"Hootchy-Koo" / "The Dummy"

"Dizzy, Miss Lizzy" is a rock and roll song written and recorded by Larry Williams in 1958. It became better known through a 1965 cover version by the Beatles. It was also sung by John Lennon in a performance by the Plastic Ono Band in 1969.

Williams' version[edit]

Williams recorded the song at Radio Recorders studio in Hollywood, California on February 19, 1958.


The Beatles rendition[edit]

"Dizzy Miss Lizzy"
Song by the Beatles
Recorded May 10, 1965
Studio EMI, London
Genre Rock and roll
Length 2:54
Songwriter(s) Larry Williams
Producer(s) George Martin

The song has been covered many times, including by the Beatles in 1965, included on the UK album Help! and the US album Beatles VI. They recorded it along with the Larry Williams cover, "Bad Boy", on the same day. Paul McCartney has stated that he believes this song to be one of the Beatles' best recordings.[citation needed] It features loud, rhythmic instrumentation, along with John Lennon's rousing vocals.[citation needed]

Ian MacDonald criticised the song as "an unprepossessing shambles of ersatz hysteria and jumbled double-tracking", saying it was "little better" than Williams' "drab twelve-bar boogie" original.[2]

"Dizzy Miss Lizzy" also appeared in a live solo version by Lennon on the Plastic Ono Band's Live Peace in Toronto 1969.

The Beatles personnel[edit]

In Revolution in the Head, Ian MacDonald lists the following:[2]


  1. ^ Larry Williams: Bad Boy The Legends of Specialty Records, Speciality Records 1989, liner notes
  2. ^ a b MacDonald, Ian (2005). Revolution in the Head: The Beatles' Records and the Sixties (Second Revised ed.). London: Pimlico (Rand). p. 154. ISBN 1-84413-828-3.