Lucille

Little Richard

About Lucille

"Lucille" is a 1957 rock and roll song originally recorded by American musician Little Richard. Released on Specialty Records in February 1957, the single reached number 1 on the Billboard R&B chart, 21 on the US pop chart, and number 10 on the UK chart. It was composed by Albert Collins (not to be confused with the blues guitarist of the same name) and Little Richard. First pressings of Specialty 78rpm credit Collins as the sole writer. Little Richard bought half of the song's rights while Collins was in Louisiana State Penitentiary. The song foreshadowed the rhythmic feel of 1960s rock music in several ways, including its heavy bassline and slower tempo. The scene-setting sections also feature stop-time breaks and no change in harmony, and it has a darker sound because most of the instruments use a low register. Little Richard sang and played piano on his recording, backed by a band consisting of Lee Allen (tenor saxophone), Alvin "Red" Tyler (baritone sax), Roy Montrell (guitar), Frank Fields (bass), and Earl Palmer (drums). 


Year:
1998
2:28
59 
#2

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Lucille, you won't do your sister's will?
Oh, Lucille, you won't do your sister's will?
You ran off and married, but I love you still.

Lucille, please, come back where you belong.
Lucille, please, come back where you belong.
I been good to you, baby, please, don't leave me alone.

I woke up this morning, Lucille was not in sight.
I asked my friends about her but all their lips were tight.
Lucille, please, come back where you belong.
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I woke up this morning, Lucille was not in sight.
I asked my friends about her but all their lips were tight.
Lucille, please, come back where you belong.
I been good to you, baby, please, don't leave me alone.

Lucille, baby, satisfy my heart.
Lucille, baby, satisfy my heart.
I played for it, baby, and gave you such a wonderful start.

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Little Richard

Richard Wayne Penniman (born December 5, 1932), known by the stage name Little Richard, is an American singer, songwriter, musician, recording artist, and actor, considered key in the transition from rhythm and blues to rock and roll in the mid-1950s. He was also the first artist to put the funk in the rock and roll beat and contributed significantly to the early development of soul music. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website entry on Penniman states that: more »

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Written by: Richard Penniman, Albert Collins

Lyrics © Red Brick Music Publishing, BMG Rights Management, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Integrity Music, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Exploration Group LLC

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10 facts about this song

Origin
"Lucille" is a popular rock and roll song that was first recorded and released by Richard Wayne Penniman, better known as "Little Richard" in February 1957.
Success Rate
The song was a major hit for Little Richard, reaching No.1 on the Billboard R&B chart and No.21 on the pop chart.
Hitmaker Team
Little Richard co-wrote "Lucille" with Albert Collins, making this song one of the many successful collaborations between them.
Cultural Impact
It is seen as one of the defining tracks of rock 'n' roll, representing Little Richard's distinctive, energetic style.
Accolade
It is ranked #670 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.
Cover Versions
The song has been covered by many artists over the years, including the Beatles, Deep Purple, and Van Halen, demonstrating its wide appeal and influence on rock music.
Song's Theme
The lyrics of "Lucille" reflect a common theme of rock and roll songs — unrequited love. In this case, the singer begs Lucille to come back home and not leave him.
Symbolic Association
The song "Lucille" is often associated with Little Richard’s trademark piano playing style that blended rhythm and blues with boogie-woogie.
Song Legacy
"Lucille" is one of several hits that helped to establish Little Richard’s reputation as one of the pioneers of rock and roll.
Usage in Media
The song was used in many films and television shows, including "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and "Supernatural".

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