Rolling Stones songs: Little Queenie (live, 1969)
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Meanwhile, I was still thinkin’/ If it’s a slow song, we’ll omit it/ If it’s a rocker, that’ll get it…
Written by: Chuck Berry
Recorded: Live at the Madison Square Garden, NYC, Nov. 28 1969
*Data taken from Martin Elliott’s book THE ROLLING STONES COMPLETE RECORDING SESSIONS 1962-2012
“Little Queenie” is a song written and recorded by Chuck Berry. Released in March 1959 as a double A-side single with “Almost Grown”, it was included on Chuck Berry Is on Top (1959), Berry’s first compilation album. He performed the song in the movies Go, Johnny Go! (1959) and Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll (1987). One year earlier, Berry had released “Run Rudolph Run”, a Christmas song with the same melody.
The song was recorded on November 19, 1958, in Chicago, Illinois. Backing Berry on vocals and guitar were either Johnnie Johnson or Lafayette Leake on piano, Willie Dixon on bass, and Fred Below on drums. In a song review for AllMusic, Matthew Greenwald calls it an “incredible rock & roll anthem” and “one of the greatest dance/sex ritualistic classics.” It is included several of Berry’s compilation albums, including The Great Twenty-Eight and Chuck Berry’s Golden Decade.
From the The Rolling Stones – All the Songs book:
“Little Queenie” can be regarded as one of Chuck Berry’s most famous
songs, even if it failed to enter the Billboard charts when it was released in 1959
Curiously, it was the other A-side of the single, “Almost Grown,”
which achieved success on the US hit parade (albeit of a modest kind,
reaching number 32). In “Little Queenie,” the rock ’n’ roll pioneer sticks to
his trusty formula of extolling the blessings of youth. The scenario? A
teenage girl makes a big impact when she appears: I got lumps in my throat
when I saw her coming down the aisle/I got the wiggles in my knees when
she looked at me and sweetly smiled, sings Berry. But the narrator is too shy
to approach this creature of his dreams, particularly when she’s standing
over by the record machine. “Little Queenie” is almost a standard on the
British and US rock scene. The Beatles performed it in Hamburg in 1962,
after which came Eric Clapton, Savoy Brown, Rod Stewart, the Velvet
Underground, and… the Rolling Stones.
(Ref. little queenie live)
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