Little Queenie

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"Little Queenie"
Little Queenie.jpeg
Single by Chuck Berry
from the album Chuck Berry Is on Top
Released 1959
Genre Rock and roll
Label Chess
Songwriter(s) Chuck Berry

"Little Queenie" is a song written and recorded by Chuck Berry. It appeared on the 1959 album Chuck Berry Is on Top and was released as a double A-side with "Almost Grown". Berry performed the song in the movies Go, Johnny Go! (1959) and Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll (1987). It has been covered by many artists, including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and REO Speedwagon. One year earlier Berry had released "Run Rudolph Run", a Christmas song with the same melody.

Track listing[edit]

7" Vinyl

  1. "Almost Grown"
  2. "Little Queenie"

Chart performance and reception[edit]

The song peaked at number 80 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[1]

Allmusic calls the song an "incredible rock & roll anthem" and "one of the greatest dance/sex ritualistic classics."[2] It is included several of Berry's compilation albums, including The Great Twenty-Eight and Chuck Berry's Golden Decade.

Beatles cover versions[edit]

According to Mark Lewisohn in "The Complete Beatles Chronicles" (p. 363), the Beatles performed "Little Queenie" live from at least 1960 until 1963 (in Liverpool, Hamburg and elsewhere) with Paul McCartney on lead vocal. An audience recording of it was made (in December 1962) and is on Live! at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany; 1962. Per author Doug Sulpy in "Drugs, Divorce and Slipping Image" (sec. 22.26) during the massive sessions for the album Get Back John Lennon sang the lead vocal on a fairly brief version of it. Paul McCartney and Wings guitarist Denny Laine recorded a loose jam of it the early 1970s.

Other cover versions[edit]

The Rolling Stones frequently performed the song live; a version recorded in November 1969 at Madison Square Garden is on the album Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! The Rolling Stones in Concert. Other artists who have covered the song include Jerry Lee Lewis, the Kinks, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, the Velvet Underground, Eric Burdon, Johnny Moped, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger, Johnny Thunders, Savoy Brown, Jan Berry and REO Speedwagon.[3]

"Little Queenie" is mentioned in "Dance Franny Dance", a regional hit in 1964 for the Texas band the Floyd Dakil Combo: "She's our Little Queenie, Princess of the U.S.A."

The song helped to inspire Marc Bolan to write the T. Rex song "Get It On", which quotes "Little Queenie" as it fades out: "And meanwhile, I'm still thinking...."

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chuck Berry Is on Top: Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved 2013-06-21. 
  2. ^ "Little Queenie". Allmusic. Retrieved 2013-06-21. 
  3. ^ "Covered 'Berries'". ChuckBerry.com. Archived from the original on 2013-03-19. Retrieved 2013-06-21.