Rosalyn (song)

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Single by The Pretty Things
B-side "Big Boss Man"
Released May 1964
Format 7", 45rpm
Label Fontana
Songwriter(s) Jimmy Duncan, Bill Farley
The Pretty Things singles chronology
"Don't Bring Me Down"
"Don't Bring Me Down"

"Rosalyn" is a song by British rhythm and blues band The Pretty Things. It was released as their first single in 1964 and charted at number 41 in the United Kingdom.


"Rosalyn" was written by songwriter Jimmy Duncan, who was also co-manager of the Pretty Things with Bryan Morrison at the time.[1] The song was recorded as their debut single on Fontana Records, and became the Pretties first hit, reaching No. 41 on the UK singles chart in January 1964.[2] It features Bo Diddley style lead guitar as well as prominent slide guitar. The personnel is as follows

Phil May-Vocals

Dick Taylor-Lead guitar

Brian Pendleton-Slide/rhythm guitar, vocals

John Stax-Bass, vocals

Viv Prince- Drums


David Bowie recorded "Rosalyn" and released it on his album Pin Ups.[3] It was released as a single by RCA in New Zealand in November 1973 instead of "Sorrow", which was released in the rest of the world.[4] The B-side was "Where Have All the Good Times Gone", another cover from Pin Ups.




UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[5] 41


  1. ^ Unterberger, Richie. Urban Spacemen and Wayfaring Strangers: Overlooked Innovators and Eccentric Visionaries of '60s Rock. San Francisco, CA: Miller Freeman, 2000. 13-18.
  2. ^ Brown, Tony, Jon Kutner & Neil Warwick, The Complete Book of the British Charts: Singles and Albums, Omnibus Press, London, 2002 p. 795
  3. ^ Strong, Martin C. The Great Rock Discography, 7th Edition. Edinburgh: Canongate, 2004. 180.
  4. ^ "David Bowie 7 Inch Singles Discography Home Page". Retrieved 2016-01-15. 
  5. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 22 December 2016.