Little Queenie

Written by Chuck BerryUnreleased song

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions

Home recordings

Circa 1971-1972

Other Chuck Berry songs

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

“Little Queenie” is a song written and performed by Chuck Berry. It appeared on the 1959 album Chuck Berry Is on Top and was released as a double A-side with “Almost Grown”. Berry 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 a Christmas song using the same melody had been released by Berry with the title “Run Rudolph Run”.

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The song peaked at #80 on the US Hot 100 Charts.

Allmusic calls the song an “incredible rock & roll anthem” and “one of the greatest dance/sex ritualistic classics.” It is included on many of Berry’s greatest hits compilations, including The Great Twenty-Eight and Chuck Berry’s Golden Decade.

The song was part of the Beatles’ early repertoire when performing in Hamburg and appears on Live! at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany; 1962. The Rolling Stones also frequently performed the song live, and a version recorded in November 1969 at Madison Square Garden appears on Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out! The Rolling Stones in Concert. Other artists who have covered the song include Jerry Lee Lewis, the Kinks, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, the Velvet Underground, Eric Burdon, Johnny Moped, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger, Johnny Thunders, Savoy Brown, Jan Berry and REO Speedwagon.

The song helped to inspire Marc Bolan to write the T. Rex song “Get It On”, which quotes “Little Queenie” as it fades out: “And meanwhile, I’m still thinking…”

Last updated on July 20, 2014


Star Club - Hamburg, Germany - December 1962

Unofficial live

4:56 • Live • The recording date is a guess - all we now for certain is that the Star-Club tapes were recorded between December 18 and 31, 1962.

Rock & Roll Jam Sessions

Unofficial album

2:45 • Studio rehearsal

Lympne Castle Sessions

Unofficial album • Released in 2004

2:47 • Studio rehearsal

Recording :
May 1979
Studio :
Lympne Castle

A/B Road Complete Get Back Sessions - Jan 21st, 1969 - 1 & 2

Unofficial album • Released in 2004

0:58 • Rehearsal • Jan.21 - D2-10 - Little Queenie 21.35

Session Recording:
Jan 21, 1969
Studio :
Apple Studios, 3 Savile Row, London

Wings Over Wembley II

Unofficial live • Released in 2013

Studio rehearsal

Session Recording:
May 08, 1979
Studio :
Lympne Castle, Kent

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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