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Bad Boy

Written by Larry Williams

Album This song officially appears on the Beatles VI (Mono) Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1965
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

Other Larry Williams songs interpreted by McCartney

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

Bad Boy” is a song composed and recorded by Larry Williams. The song was recorded at Radio Recorders in Hollywood, California on August 14, 1958. The musicians on the recording included Williams on vocals and piano, Earl Palmer on drums, René Hall on guitar, Jewell Grant on baritone sax, Plas Johnson on tenor sax, and Ted Brinson on bass. The record did not break the Top 40 charts in the United States.

She Said Yeah” was originally the B-side of the Larry Williams single, and has been covered by the Rolling Stones and the Animals, amongst others. The Beatles loved the song and almost certainly performed it on stage and fully intended to record it. Paul McCartney in the liner notes to his album Run Devil Run said “Me and John [Lennon] particularly loved Larry Williams…Bony Moronie…John did Slow Down…I was always going to do She Said Yeah“. Roy Young (who was invited to join The Beatles) recorded a cover version in 1959. Paul McCartney finally recorded it in 1999.

The song, recorded between 1957 and 1958, also appears on the 1992 compilation of the same name.

Covers

The Beatles

Bad Boy” is one of several Larry Williams songs which the Beatles covered during their career. Along with “Dizzy, Miss Lizzy“, “Bad Boy” was recorded by the band on May 10, 1965 (Larry Williams’ birthday), and was originally intended for a solely American release; however, “Dizzy, Miss Lizzy” featured on the British Help! album that year. “Bad Boy” was first released on Beatles VI in June 1965. It eventually got a UK release on A Collection of Beatles Oldies in December 1966. It is also available on the 1988 release, Past Masters, Volume One. […]

From The Usenet Guide to Beatles Recording Variations:

  • [a] mono 10 May 1965.
    US: Capitol T 2358 Beatles VI 1965.
    UK: Parlophone PMC 7016 Collection of Oldies 1966.
  • [b] stereo 10 May 1965.
    US: Capitol ST 2358 Beatles VI 1965.
    UK: Parlophone PCS 7016 Collection of Oldies 1966, Parlophone PSLP 261 and PCM 1001 Rarities 1978-79.
    CD: EMI CDP 7 90043 2 Past Masters 1 1988.

[a] has bass and drums mixed louder.(Curious fact: this song was available in the US for about a year and a half before the rest of the world including the UK. It’s not the only song released first in the US, as some others from the Help! and Revolver albums in progress were sent out to fill in Capitol’s albums, but this is the only case where the song wasn’t actually used for the UK album.)

Last updated on May 25, 2016

Lyrics

A bad little kid
Moved into my neighborhood
He won't do nothing right
Just a sitting got to look so good

He don't wanna go to school
And learn to read and write
Just sits around the house and plays
That rock and roll music all night

Well he put thumb tacks on teacher's chair
Put chewing gum in little girl's hair
Now Junior, behave yourself!

Buys every rock and roll book
On the magazine stand
Every dime that he gets
Oh he's off to the jukebox man

Well he worries his teacher
Till at night she's already to poop
From rocking and a rolling
Spinning in a hula-hoop

Well his rock and roll has gotta stop
Junior's head is hard as rock
Now Junior, behave yourself, ow!

Gonna tell ya mamma
You'd better do what she said
Get to the barber shop
And get that hair cut off your head

You shoot the canary
and you fed it to the neighbor's cat
You have the cocker spaniel
A bath in mother's Laundromat

Well ya mamma said it's gotta stop
Junior's head is hard as a rock
Now Junior, behave yourself! Woo

Officially appears on


Beatles VI (Mono)

Official album • Released in 1965

2:17 • Studio versionA • Mono

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Hohner pianet electric piano
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Tambourine
John Lennon:
Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording & mixing:
May 10, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Beatles VI (Stereo)

Official album • Released in 1965

2:17 • Studio versionB • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Hohner pianet electric piano
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Tambourine
John Lennon:
Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording & mixing:
May 10, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


A Collection of Beatles Oldies (Mono)

Official album • Released in 1966

2:18 • Studio versionA • Mono

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Hohner pianet electric piano
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Tambourine
John Lennon:
Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording & mixing:
May 10, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


A Collection of Beatles Oldies (Stereo)

Official album • Released in 1966

2:18 • Studio versionB • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Hohner pianet electric piano
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Tambourine
John Lennon:
Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording & mixing:
May 10, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Past Masters

Official album • Released in 1988

2:21 • Studio versionB

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Hohner pianet electric piano
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Tambourine
John Lennon:
Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording & mixing:
May 10, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Bootlegs


A/B Road Complete Get Back Sessions - Jan 24th, 1969 - 3 & 4

Unofficial album • Released in 2004

4:27 • Rehearsal • Jan.24 - D4-14 - Bad Boy 24.98

Session Recording:
Jan 24, 1969
Studio:
Apple Studios, 3 Savile Row, London


Help! - Studio Sessions - Back To Basics

Unofficial album • Released in 2011

2:22 • Alternate take • Rs From Take 4 Rock N Roll Music Stereo


Get Back... Continued

Unofficial album • Released in 2012

3:37 • Studio version • 24.01.69) (Ambient Stereo

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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