Valotte (song)

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Single by Julian Lennon
from the album Valotte
B-side "Well I Don't Know" (US 7")
"Let Me Be" (UK 7")
"Let Me Be", "Bebop " (UK 12")
Released October 1984 (1984-10) (US)
December 1984 (1984-12) (UK)
Format 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl
Recorded February – August 1984
Genre Rock
Length 4:15
Label Atlantic (US)
Charisma (UK)
Writer(s) Julian Lennon, Justin Clayton, Carlton Morales
Producer(s) Phil Ramone
Julian Lennon singles chronology
"Too Late for Goodbyes"
"Say You're Wrong"

"Valotte" is a song by British singer Julian Lennon, the title track and second single (first single in the US) from his debut album Valotte. It was a top-ten single in January 1985 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at number nine.[1]

It was co-written by Lennon, Justin Clayton and Carlton Morales and recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. The first line of the chorus, "Sitting on a pebble by the river playing guitar", was written by Lennon, inspired by the Tennessee River in Muscle Shoals. There are other references to the Tennessee Valley in the lyrics.

B-side "Bebop" has been described by Lennon as "almost like a Soul Jackson song".[2]

The music video for the song was directed by Sam Peckinpah,[3] and produced by Martin Lewis.[4]


  1. ^ "Billboard chart history for Valotte (single)" Retrieved July 10, 2010.
  2. ^ Burianek, CJ. "Valotte: Bebop". Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  3. ^ Burianek, CJ. "1984 - The Debut Release Valotte". Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Encyclopedia of American Cinema (illustrated ed.). Boston: 2007. ISBN 9781605011455.