“Dizzy Miss Lizzy” is a Beatles’ song which is on their 1965 album, “Help!”
Release Date: 14th June, 1965 (US Beatles VI), 6th August, 1965 (UK Help!)
Recorded: 10th May, 1965
Studio: EMI, London
Genre: Rock and roll
Track Duration: 2:54
Record Label: Parlophone (UK) Capitol (US)
Songwriter: Larry Williams
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Norman Smith
Dizzy Miss Lizzy
To begin with, “Dizzy, Miss Lizzy” was originally single release in 1958 by Larry Williams. Together with the B-side, “Slow Down“, the record got to number 69 in the American charts. The Beatles also recorded both songs and they are commercially available. However, the Beatles’ version drops the comma from the title.
This song became part of The Fab Four’s live act almost as soon as the band got hold of the song. The Beatles would often cover songs such as this one as they loved the raw rock and roll feel to them. Obviously The Beatles thought highly of their version of “Dizzy Miss Lizzy” because it became the last track on their 1965 album, “Help!”, after Paul McCartney’s song, “Yesterday“.
While listening to the song, many people believe that there is a distinct similarity to Little Richard’s “Good Golly Miss Molly”. Of course, The Beatles were big fans of his too and their rock and roll style incorporates a lot influence from those early American rockers.
This was one of two tracks on the “Help!” album which are non-Beatles’ songs with the other being “Act Naturally“. Obviously, this was a period of time when Beatlemania was at its absolute peak and the band were so busy. Indeed, they were recording, touring, filming and doing a whole host of other things. It does seem a little strange that they would revert back to an old rock and roller like this song, so, perhaps it was just to fill the album.
The Beatles began recording “Dizzy, Miss Lizzy” on the 10th May, 1965, in Studio Two of the EMI Studios, London, during the 8.00pm-11.30pm session. They recorded 7 takes on the day together with, “Bad Boy” (takes 1-4). Take 7 was suitable enough to become the master rhythm track and for overdubbing which they did the same day.
Not only did they add this track to their new album, but they recorded it for BBC Radio. In fact, this would be the last time that The Beatles would record for the BBC like they did in the past three years on so many occasions for shows such as “Top Gear” and “Pop Go The Beatles” etc.
They recorded the track along with six other songs at the BBC’s Piccadilly Studios in London on the 26th May, 1965. This recording session was for a BBC Radio programme going by the name of “The Beatles Invite You to Take a Ticket to Ride” for airing on the 7th June, 1965. And so the curtain was to close on their BBC Radio performances on this, their 52nd and final show. As a result, this track appears on their 1994 album, “Live At The BBC”.