"Lucille" is a 1957 rock and roll song which was one of Little Richard's international hits.

Released on Specialty Records in February 1957, Little Richard's single made number 21 on the US pop chart,[2] and number 10 on the UK chart. It was composed by Al Collins (not the blues guitar player Albert Collins) and Little Richard. First pressings of Specialty 78rpm show Collins as the only writer. Little Richard bought half of the song's rights while Collins was in Louisiana State prison (Angola).

Cover versions[edit source | editbeta]Edit

As a rock standard, it has been covered live and/or recorded by thousands of artists including AC/DCStatus QuoWingsThe BeatlesSha Na NaMudThe HolliesThe AnimalsPaul McCartneyVan HalenWaylon JenningsJohnny WinterThe Flying Burrito BrothersPeter & GordonQueenDeep Purple, the Ian Gillan BandThe Everly BrothersBill Haley & His CometsOtis ReddingThe SonicsJohn Entwistle of The Who, and the Detroit band The Rockets. It was also covered by Status Quo as part of their Anniversary Waltz, Pt. 1John Lennon and Paul McCartney sang the song together during a jam session in 1974, which can be heard on the bootleg A Toot and a Snore in '74, marking the only known occasion where the former songwriting team performed together after the bitter break up of The Beatles.

The Beatles cover versions[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Recorded live at the BBC on September 3rd, 1963 (aired: September 17th, 1963) for Pop Go The Beatles #14

Recorded live at the BBC on September 7th, 1963 (aired: October 5th, 1963) for Saturday Club's 5th Birthday Edition

Personnel[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Reception[edit source | editbeta]Edit

The song is ranked 670th on Dave Marsh's list of The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made.[3]

Waylon Jennings[edit source | editbeta]Edit

"Lucille (You Won't Do Daddy's Will)"
Single by Waylon Jennings
from the album It's Only Rock & Roll
Released 1983
Genre Country
Label RCA
Producer Waylon Jennings
Waylon Jennings singles chronology
"(Sittin On) The Dock of the Bay"


"Lucille (You Won't Do Your Daddy's Will)"


"Leave Them Boys Alone"


Chart performance[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Chart (1983) Peak


U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 4
Preceded by

"You Take Me for Granted" by Merle Haggard

Billboard Hot Country Singles

number-one single June 4, 1983 by Waylon Jennings

Succeeded by

"Our Love Is on the Faultline" by Crystal Gayle

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