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|"Hello Mary Lou"|
|Single by Ricky Nelson|
|B-side||Hello Mary Lou|
|Writer(s)||Gene Pitney, Cayet Mangiaracina|
Nelson's version, issued as the B-side of his No. 1 hit "Travelin' Man", (Imperial 5741), reached No. 9 on the Billboard music charts on May 28, 1961. In the United Kingdom, where it was released as an A-side (with Dorsey Burnette's "It's Late" as the B-side), it reached No. 2. In was also a hit in much of Europe, particularly Norway, where it spent 14 weeks at No. 1.
The song features an influential guitar solo by James Burton, often cited by later guitarists such as Brian May. Piano was by Ray Johnson, who had succeeded Gene Garf as Nelson's regular session pianist in November 1959.
The song appears on Nelson's sixth album Rick Is 21.
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- Fumble on their first album Fumble
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