Little Queenie

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“Little Queenie”  is a song written and recorded by Chuck Berry.  It was released in 1959 as a double A-side single with “Almost Grown”.  It has been covered by many artists, including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and REO Speedwagon.  One year earlier Berry had released “Run Rudolph Run”, a Christmas song with the same melody.  (More from Wikipedia)
The Rolling Stones’ bootleg album, The Greatest Group on Earth is mostly familiar material as might be expected in a live concert.  However, until I got this album, I did not know or at least remember the song “I’m Free” (a different song from the well-known track, I’m Free from the Who’s album Tommy); it had been the b-side for the Stones’ second #1 song, “Get off of My Cloud”.  The album also includes two Chuck Berry songs, Carol and “Little Queenie”.  “Carol” was released as a single in January 1964, charting only in France, and was also on their first album, The Rolling Stones.  While Little Queenie was never recorded by the Stones on a single or a studio album as far as I have been able to tell, Carol as well as Little Queenie are included on their second live album, Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out! The Rolling Stones in Concert (1970).  According to Wikipedia:  “It [Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out!] was reported to have been issued in response to the well known bootleg Live’r Than You’ll Ever Be” (the alternate name of The Greatest Group on Earth). 
(September 2017)
Last edited: March 22, 2021