Valotte (song)

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Julian Lennon Valotte single cover.jpg
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)
Songwriter(s) Julian Lennon, Justin Clayton, Carlton Morales
Producer(s) Phil Ramone
Julian Lennon singles chronology
"Too Late for Goodbyes"
"Say You're Wrong"

"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 and Canadian pop charts, peaking at No. 9.[1] On the US Adult Contemporary chart, "Valotte" peaked at No. 4.[2] On the Canadian AC chart, it spent two weeks at No. 2.[3]

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".[4]

The music video for the song was directed by Sam Peckinpah,[5] and produced by Martin Lewis.[6]


  1. ^ "Billboard chart history for Valotte (single)" Retrieved July 10, 2010.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 144. 
  3. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". 1985-02-02. Retrieved 2018-02-18. 
  4. ^ Burianek, CJ. "Valotte: Bebop". Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  5. ^ Burianek, CJ. "1984 - The Debut Release Valotte". Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  6. ^ Encyclopedia of American Cinema (illustrated ed.). Boston: 2007. ISBN 9781605011455.