Little Richard - LUCILLE

First performance: 13/09/1975


Coverinfo

Bruce performed the song 50 times   
 
  • Born To Run tour
1975-09-13 - MUSIC HALL, HOUSTON
 
  • Darkness on The Edge Of Town tour
1978-08-02 - CHARLOTTE COLISEUM, CHARLOTTE, NC
 
  • Wrecking Ball tour
Paris' crowd is treated to a three-song pre-show solo acoustic performance, including "Burning Love". In the main show an unusually early sign request is for "Lucille". 

2014-05-06 - CYNTHIA WOODS MITCHELL PAVILION, HOUSTON
The band is joined by Joe Ely in the encores for "Great Balls Of Fire" and "Lucille".
 
  • The River tour 2016 
2016-07-03 - STADIO GIUSEPPE MEAZZA, MILAN , ITALY
Welcoming Bruce and the band on stage was a colourful mosaic that spanned the entire width of the stadium, reading "Dreams are Alive Tonite". The amazing display was arranged and crowdfunded by fans. Little Richard's "Lucille" makes its tour debut by sign request.
 
  • Off tour
1980-03-01 - THE FAST LANE, ASBURY PARK
With The David Johansen Group. Johansen is best known as a member of the protopunk New York Dolls. "Personality Crisis" is the lead song from the New York Dolls' self-titled debut album, released in August 1973.
 
1982-01-12 - ROYAL MANOR NORTH, NORTH BRUNSWICK
With Nils Lofgren

1982-04-10 - BIG MAN'S WEST, RED BANK
With Beaver Brown. John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band is the name of an American rock band from Narragansett, Rhode Island, that began their career in the 1970s and achieved mainstream success in the 1980s. Originally known as simply Beaver Brown, the group (consisting of John Cafferty on vocals and rhythm guitar, Gary Gramolini on lead guitar, Patrick Lupo on bass, Kenny Jo Silva on drums, Bobby Cotoia on piano, and Michael "Tunes" Antunes on saxophone) started out as a New England bar band and initially established a popular following throughout Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.

1982-05-08 - THE FAST LANE, ASBURY PARK
With Beaver Brown.

1982-06-13 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK
With Cats On A Smooth Surface.

1982-06-20 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK
With Cats On A Smooth Surface.

1982-06-26 - BIG MAN'S WEST, RED BANK
With Billy Chinnock. Bill Chinnock performs "The Boys On The Avenue" the same night that Bruce joined him on stage at Big Man's West. Bill Chinnock (November 12, 1947, Newark, NJ – March 7, 2007, Yarmouth, ME), also referred to as Billy Chinnock, was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Born and raised in Newark, New Jersey, he was a prominent member of the Jersey Shore music scene during the late 1960s, leading bands that included future members of the E Street Band. Chinnock was a member of The Story Tellers, a band that also included Danny Federici.
 
 
 
1982-06-27 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK
With Clarence Clemons & The Red Bank Rockers.

1982-07-25 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK
With Cats on a Smooth Surface

1982-08-01 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK
With Cats on a Smooth Surface

1982-08-06 - BIG MAN'S WEST, RED BANK
With Beaver Brown

1982-08-07 - BIG MAN'S WEST, RED BANK
With Beaver Brown. "Lucille" includes a partial rendition (and first known public performance) of a brand new Springsteen composition called "On The Prowl".

1982-08-08 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK
With Cats On A Smooth Surface. As was the case the previous night Springsteen gives a partial performance of his new song “On The Prowl”, which is blended into a rendition of  "Lucille".

1982-09-04 - BIG MAN'S WEST, RED BANK
With Beaver Brown. Also on the bill tonight is George Theiss, Springsteen's bandmate from The Castiles. Springsteen did not perform with Theiss. Brucebase reader Cliff, who attended the show, notes that Bruce arrived towards the end of Theiss's set and George spotted him sitting at the bar just as he finished his set. George then announced he was going to do one more for an old friend, or something to that effect, looking Bruce in the eye as he said it. Unfortunately, Cliff can't remember what song George played.

1982-09-18 - BIG MAN'S WEST, RED BANK
Dave Edmunds

1982-09-19 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK
Cats on a Smooth Surface

1982-09-25 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK
Cats on a Smooth Surface

1982-10-03 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK
Cats on a Smooth Surface

1982-12-03 - KEYSTONE, PALO ALTO
Clarence Clemons
 
1983-01-08 - BIG MAN'S WEST, RED BANK
Lance Larson

1983-04-24 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK
Cats on a Smooth Surface

1983-04-27 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK
With The Diamonds. The Diamonds were a local (Jersey shore) all original rock and soul band that included Cats On A Smooth Surface's then ex-members Harry Filkin and Pete Schulle who left Cats in mid-October 1982. The Diamonds also included an original Cats member by the name of Joel Krauss who left Cats in 1980. They performed their material in select Jersey and Manhattan clubs which catered to bands that showcased their original songs. The guitarist that replaced Cats' Harry Filkin was local boy Glen Burtnik of "Beatlemania" fame who played with Cats for a while before leaving to pursue original music of his own. He's now better known as a member for the last 15 years or so of the re-formed 70's band Styx.

1983-06-18 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK
The Diamonds

1983-07-16 - THE HEADLINER, NEPTUNE
Midnight Thunder

1983-08-14 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK
With Cats On A Smooth Surface.

1984-01-08 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK
With Cats On A Smooth Surface. According to the Backstreets book by Charles R. Cross, Bruce entered a joke-telling contest this evening. He was good-naturedly booed off the stage

1984-03-25 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK
With Cats on a Smooth Surface

1984-04-08 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK
With Cats on a Smooth Surface

1984-04-21 - EXPO, MOUNT IVY, NY
Clarence Clemons
 
1984-05-19 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK
Clarence Clemons
 
1984-09-20 - PENNSYLVANIA DECADE, PITTSBURGH
Bruce makes a club guest appearance with The Iron City Houserockers (the group’s leader and frontman was Joe Grushecky). According to Grushecky this was the second time Springsteen had joined him onstage for a guest performance (the first time was July 17, 1982). Note: The Iron City Houserockers broke up not too long after this and Grushecky went solo with a new backing band line-up called Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers.

1984-10-07 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK
Cats on a Smooth Surface

1987-04-12 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK
Most of the E Street Band and members of Cats On A Smooth Surface
 
With Levon Helm
 
1987-08-26 - THE COLUMNS, AVON, NJ
With The Cherubs. The Cherubs were a Jersey shore band in the late 1980s.

1987-08-27 - TRADEWINDS, SEA BRIGHT
With Cats On A Smooth Surface. Michael S. positively confirmed that the Solomon Burke number "If You Need Me" was actually played.

1987-10-31 - McLOONE'S RUMRUNNER, SEA BRIGHT
Full Band except Nils Lofgren and Clarence Clemons. "Lucille" includes a snippet of "Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!". There was another band playing at McLoone's on this night, and very few people got word that Bruce was going to show up but they went to the bar which was already packed, as it was Halloween, and in some cases snuck in as there was no more legal room. Well, the band came in all dressed in black and with masks on. They hit the stage and pulled off their masks and, after throwing the other band off, played the above listed set. The guy who was the lead guitarist in the displaced band jumped off stage grabbed a camera that he luckily had with him and shot some pictures.
 
1987-11-06 - RUMSON COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL, RUMSON
Bruce makes a guest appearance With The Fabulous Greaseband. 
 
Springsteen attends the fourth Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame ceremonies. The night's inductees are Dion, Otis Redding, The Rolling Stones, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, and Phil Spector, plus The Ink Spots, Bessie Smith, and The Soul Stirrers in the Early Influences category. As had been the case in January 1987 (when Bruce inducted Roy Orbison and performed) and January 1988 (when Bruce inducted Bob Dylan and performed) Springsteen took the stage, joining in the all-star jam on most of the songs and sings lead on "Crying", dedicated to Roy Orbison, who had passed away only a few weeks earlier. Bruce plays guitar on all songs, plus tambourine on "Uptight (Everything's Alright)". The all-star band includes, along with Bruce, most of The Rolling Stones (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, and Mick Taylor), most of The Temptations (Dennis Edwards, Melvin Franklin, David Ruffin, and Otis Williams), Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Little Richard, Pete Townshend, Dion, Paul Simon, Lou Reed, Anita Baker, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Bobby Womack, Al Green, Ben E. King, Bobby McFerrin, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Foreigner's Mick Jones, and more. Bruce attended with Patti Scialfa and, according to some reports, former Castiles member George Theiss attended. Former E Streeter Band member Vini Lopez was definitely there and took part in the show. He later recalled "They had the whole induction ceremony and four hours later, Bill Graham is on stage and he's pulling people out of the audience. Bruce comes up to me and says, "You see that other drum set up there? " Next thing you know, I was up there. I played for an hour and a half with those guys. Paul Simon, Steve Wonder. It was cool. Mick Jagger was leaning on my shoulder, singing 'Honky Tonk Woman' with Tina Turner."
1989-06-02 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK
With Max Weinberg's group Killer Joe, plus Roy Bittan, Patti Scialfa, and The Miami Horns.

1993-05-15 - HOTEL BAYERISCHER HOF, MUNICH, GERMANY
With the Hetty Schneider Band. Bruce, Shane Fontayne, Bobby King, and Tommy Sims literally 'invade' a private, upper-class dancing school ball held at the hotel where he and the band are staying. Not everybody is happy with their spontaneous 'guest appearance', though, as one person (whose daughter attended the event) reportedly threatens to sue the Bayerischer Hof afterwards. First ever Springsteen performance in Europe of "Lucille".

1997-09-26 - CHEERS, LONG BRANCH
Bobby Bandiera

1999-12-04 - THE DIASCO RESIDENCE, COLTS NECK
In June 1999, at a Doug Flutie Autism Foundation fundraising gala held at Jon Bon Jovi’s estate in Middletown, guests Anthony and Pam Diasco paid $60,000 during the evening’s dinner auction for right to host a very private Bon Jovi band concert at their home. The performance took place on December 4 at the Diasco’s estate in Colts Neck. Although Springsteen’s services were not part of June auction, the Diasco’s got a bonus - Bruce (as well as Patti Scialfa and Southside Johnny) attended the December 4 party and Bruce (backed by Bon Jovi) performed the above-noted songs.

2001-11-03 - TRADEWINDS, SEA BRIGHT
Light of Day

2001-11-03 - TRADEWINDS, SEA BRIGHT
Light Of Day benefit . Bruce with Joe Grushecky & No Spring Chickens, during the the encores.

2017-04-21 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE, ASBURY PARK
Bruce, Southside Johnny, Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul, and more come together on stage as the Upstage Jam Band for a show that took place as part of the Asbury Park Music & Film Festival. In the afternoon the documentary Just Before The Dawn, about the legendary Upstage Club, received its premiere. For this documentary Little Steven, Garry Tallent, Southside Johnny and Vini Lopez were all interviewed. For the show, Bruce mostly contributed guitar and backing vocals. He took lead vocals for "Lucille" and duet vocals with Southside on "Something You Got". 
 
 
 
  •  Snippets
Performed live 2 times as part of the "Detroit Medley".

1978-12-03 SIU Arena, Carbondale, IL
1978-12-01 Lloyd Noble Center, Norman, OK
 

Songinfo

"Lucille" is a 1957 rock and roll song originally recorded by American musician Little Richard. Released on Specialty Records in February 1957. It was composed by Albert Collins (not to be confused with the blues guitarist of the same name) and Little Richard.
 
 
 

Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist

1982-08-08 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK
With Cats On A Smooth Surface. As was the case the previous night Springsteen gives a partial performance of his new song 'On The Prowl'  which is blended into a rendition of 'Lucille'.
 
"Bring it down, boys....now, every night....I have a dream.....I get up out of bed.....and I go looking for my baby....I go looking for my girl....when the clock strikes midnight....I tear off the covers....and I put on my jacket....and I gotta go out on the prowl.....well, night after lonely night, my head don´t touch the bed, I´m on a two-lane blacktop cruising in my rocket sled, I´m on the prowl....I´m on the prowl....I´m looking for a gal, gal, gal, hey, hey, yeah, I´m on the prowl....there´s only one thing that I´m certain every mile, mile, mile, keep searching, searching, searching for a wild, wild child, I´m on the prowl....I´m on the prowl...I´m looking for a gal, gal, gal, hey, hey, I´m on the prowl.... they got a name for Dracula and Frankenstein´s son, they ain´t got no name now for this thing that I become, I´m on the prowl....I´m on the prowl....I´m looking for a gal, gal, gal, hey, hey, I´m on the prowl....I keep looking....I keep searching....I keep searching....I keep searching....only one thing that I´m certain every mile, mile, mile, I keep searching, searching, searching, searching....but every morning I ended up with the same thing.....I woke up this morning, Lucille was not in sight...." 
  
Richard Wayne Penniman (born December 5, 1932, Macon, GA), known by the stage name Little Richard, is an American singer, songwriter, musician, recording artist, and actor, considered key in the transition from rhythm and blues to rock and roll in the 1950s. He was also the first artist to put the funk in the rock and roll beat and contributed significantly to the development of soul music.
 
Bruce had 3 appearances together with Little Richard :
 
1988-01-20 - WALDORF-ASTORIA HOTEL, NY
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: Together with Little Richard in an all starr performance
 
1989-01-18 - WALDORF-ASTORIA HOTEL, NY
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: Together with Little Richard in an all starr performance
 
1995-11-19 - SHRINE AUDITORIUM, LA
Frank Sinatra 80th Birthday Concert
 

Lyrics

Lucille, you won't do your sister's will?
Oh, Lucille, you won't do your sister's will?
You ran off and married, but I love you still.
Lucille, please, come back where you belong.
Lucille, please, come back where you belong.
I been good to you, baby, please, don't leave me alone.
I woke up this morning, Lucille was not in sight.
I asked my friends about her but all their lips were tight.
Lucille, please, come back where you belong.
I been good to you, baby, please, don't leave me alone, whoa
I woke up this morning, Lucille was not in sight.
I asked my friends about her but all their lips were tight.
Lucille, please, come back where you belong.
I been good to you, baby, please, don't leave me alone.
Lucille, baby, satisfy my heart.
Lucille, baby, satisfy my heart.
I played for it, baby, and gave you such a wonderful start.