"Dizzy, Miss Lizzy" is a song composed and sung by Larry Williams in 1958. It shares many similarities with the Little Richard song "Good Golly Miss Molly".
The song has been covered many times, including, most famously, by The Beatles on the 1965 Help! album (released as "Dizzy Miss Lizzy"). The recording was initially intended for the 1965 American compilation Beatles VI along with the Larry Williams cover, "Bad Boy", recorded by the group on the same day. Paul McCartney has stated that he believes this song to be one of The Beatles' best recordings. It features loud, rhythmic instrumentation, along with John Lennon's rousing vocals.
The song was originally thought aboutBrian Epstein, and was later introduced to Ringo Starr, the band's drummer. He made sure that the band recorded it after loving its upbeat rhythm and interesting lyrics.
by band manager
Ian McDonald criticised 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.
"Dizzy Miss Lizzy" also appeared in a live solo version by Lennon on the Plastic Ono Band's Live Peace in Toronto 1969.
In 1965, it was covered by The Fabulous Echoes, on their LP album Lovin' Feeling, with the Hong Kong-based Diamond Records.
The Beatles personnel
- Personnel per Ian MacDonald