Lucille

Live At The BBC album artworkWritten by: Collins-Penniman
Recorded: 7 September 1963
Producer: Bernie Andrews

Released: 30 November 1994 (UK), 5 December 1994 (US)

Paul McCartney: vocals, bass
John Lennon: rhythm guitar
George Harrison: lead guitar
Ringo Starr: drums

Available on:
Live At The BBC
On Air – Live At The BBC Volume 2

The Beatles recorded Little Richard’s 1957 hit Lucille twice for BBC radio.

Download on iTunes

The song was first released in February 1957, and became an international hit for Little Richard. It was co-written by blues musician Albert Collins.

The Beatles shared a bill with Little Richard at the Tower Ballroom in New Brighton, Wallasey, on 12 October 1962, and again at Liverpool’s Empire Theatre on 28 October. He also performed alongside the group at Hamburg’s Star-Club in November 1962, during the group’s fourth trip to Germany.

We used to stand backstage at Hamburg’s Star-Club and watch Little Richard play. Or he used to sit and talk. He used to read from the Bible backstage and just to hear him talk we’d sit round and listen. It was Brian Epstein that brought him to Hamburg. I still love him and he’s one of the greatest.
John Lennon, 1975
Anthology

The Beatles first recorded Lucille on 3 September 1963, for the 14th edition of the Pop Go The Beatles radio show. The performance took place at the Aeolian Hall in London, and was first broadcast on 17 September.

They performed it one more time for the radio, on 7 September. This version, recorded at the Playhouse Theatre, London for the Saturday Club programme, was first broadcast on 5 October, and was later included on the Live At The BBC collection.

I could do Little Richard’s voice, which is a wild, hoarse, screaming thing, it’s like an out-of-body experience. You have to leave your current sensibilities and go about a foot above your head to sing it. You have to actually go outside yourself. It’s a funny little trick and when you find it, it’s very interesting. A lot of people were fans of Little Richard so I used to sing his stuff.
Paul McCartney
Many Years From Now, Barry Miles

The Beatles recorded Lucille twice during the Get Back sessions in early 1969, at London’s Twickenham Film Studios. They played the song on 3 January, the second day of filmed rehearsals, and again four days later.

Lyrics

Lucille, baby do your sister’s will
Lucille, baby do your sister’s will
Well you ran off and married
But I love you still

Lucille, baby satisfy my soul
Lucille, baby satisfy my soul
Well you know I love you baby
I’ll never let you go

Well I woke up this morning
Lucille was not in sight
I asked her friends about her
But all their lips were tight

Lucille, please come back where you belong
Well I’m talking to you baby
I’ll never do you wrong

Well Lucille, baby do your sister’s will
Ooh Lucille, yeah baby do your sister’s will
Well you ran off and married
But I love you still

Related articles:

One Response to “Lucille”

  1. David

    I just heard the track on “Live at the BBC”, where the announcer introduces it as “Paul McCartney paying tribute to the Everlys” – hilarious!

    Reply

Leave a reply