Little Queenie

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"Little Queenie"
Little Queenie.jpeg
Single by Chuck Berry
from the album Go, Johnny, Go!
A-side" Almost Grown" (double A-side)
ReleasedMarch 1959 (March 1959)
Recorded19 November 1958
Studio Chess (Chicago) [1]
Genre Rock and roll
Label Chess
Songwriter(s)Chuck Berry
Producer(s) Leonard Chess, Phil Chess
Chuck Berry singles chronology
"Anthony Boy"
"Little Queenie" / " Almost Grown"
" Back in the U.S.A."

"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). It has been covered by many artists, including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and REO Speedwagon. 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. The song peaked at number 80 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[ citation needed]

In a song review for AllMusic, Matthew Greenwald calls it an "incredible rock & roll anthem" and "one of the greatest dance/sex ritualistic classics." [2] It is included several of Berry's compilation albums, including The Great Twenty-Eight and Chuck Berry's Golden Decade.

Other versions

According to Mark Lewisohn in The Complete Beatles Chronicles, the Beatles performed "Little Queenie" live from at least 1960 until 1963 in Liverpool, Hamburg and elsewhere with Paul McCartney on lead vocal. [3] An audience recording from December 1962 is included on Live! at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany; 1962. Author Doug Sulpy in Drugs, Divorce and Slipping Image notes during the lengthy sessions for the album Get Back, John Lennon sang the lead vocal on a fairly brief version of it. [4]

The Rolling Stones frequently performed the song live; a version recorded in November 1969 at Madison Square Garden is on the album Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! The Rolling Stones in Concert. It is also on the Stones bootleg Live'r Than You'll Ever Be. Several other artists have recorded the song. [5] Their version reached number 11 on the Tio i Topp chart in Sweden. [6]

English glam-rock band T-Rex's Marc Bolan, discussing their hit " Bang a Gong (Get It On)", "claimed to have written the song out of his desire to record Chuck Berry's "Little Queenie", and said that the riff is taken from the Berry tune. In fact, a slightly edited line ("And meanwhile, I'm still thinking") from "Little Queenie" is said at the fade of "Get It On".

The first line of the chorus can be heard at the beginning of the fade out to the 1974 Queen hit Now I'm Here.

A version by the Easybeats, recorded circa 1965, was released on The Shame Just Drained in 1977.


  1. ^ "The Chuck Berry Database: Details For Recording Session: 19. 11. 1958". A Collector's Guide to the Music of Chuck Berry. Dietmar Rudolph. Retrieved 28 September 2021.
  2. ^ "Chuck Berry: Little Queenie – Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  3. ^ Lewisohn, Mark (1992). The Complete Beatles Chronicle. New York: Harmony Books. p. 363. ISBN  978-0-517-58100-1.
  4. ^ Sulpy, Doug & Schweighhardt, Ray, Drugs, Divorce and a Slipping Image: The Complete, Unauthorized Story of the Beatles Get Back Sessions (The 910 Publishing, 2007) sec. 22.26 ISBN  978-0-9643869-8-3
  5. ^ "Little Queenie – Also Performed By". AllMusic. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  6. ^ Hallberg, Eric; Henningsson, Ulf (1998). Eric Hallberg, Ulf Henningsson presenterar Tio i topp med de utslagna på försök: 1961 - 74. Premium Publishing. p. 313. ISBN  919727125X.