Dizzy, Miss Lizzy - The Beatles

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Dizzy, Miss Lizzy (1965)

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Larry William’s 1958 hit “Dizzy, Miss Lizzy” was an excellent choice for The Beatles to cover as it shares many similarities with Little Richard’s "Good Golly Miss Molly.” In the same session they also recorded William’s “Bad Boy.”

McCartney is on record stating that he believes this song to be one of the Beatles' best recordings. He says in the Anthologies docuementary: 

“In an out-take I heard recently - recording Dizzy Miss Lizzy - John is saying, 'What's wrong with that?' and George Martin says, 'Erm... it wasn't exciting enough, John,' and John mumbles, 'Bloody hell,' - that kind of thing was creeping in a bit - 'It wasn't exciting enough, eh? Well, you come here and sing it, then!' I think that's just the pressure of work. When you've been working hard for a long time, you really start to need a break.”

Beatle scholar Ian McDonald criticized the song as "an unpreposessing shambles of ersatz hysteria and jumbled double-tracking", saying it was "little better" than Williams' "drab twelve-bar boogie" original.”
Alan Pollack was a bit more eloquent in his critique of the track:

“Alas, the Beatles of the mid-sixties would seem from our politically correct vantage point to have labored under the unnecessary, even misguided presentiment that it was a virtue for a white singer, in performing the works of a black artist, to resort to raspy shouting in order to hit the mark. I have to call them as I see them, and this foible would seem to be as common to Paul's evocations of Richard Penniman as it was to John's of not only Williams, but also Berry and even Robinson. This is not to say that such Beatles' covers are entirely without either merit or success, but I'd dare say that on some level they sound a bit more parodistic and less interpretive than intended.”

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