About the song

Hello Mary Lou is a classic rock and roll song that was first recorded by Ricky Nelson in 1961. The song was written by Gene Pitney, a singer-songwriter who also had a successful solo career in the 1960s. The song was originally intended for Johnny Duncan, but Nelson heard Pitney’s demo and decided to record it himself.

Nelson’s version of Hello Mary Lou was released as a double A-side with his No. 1 hit Travelin’ Man, and became a huge hit on both sides of the Atlantic. The song reached No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 2 on the UK Singles Chart, making it Nelson’s highest charting UK single. The song also charted in several other countries, including Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Norway and Sweden.

Hello Mary Lou is considered one of Nelson’s signature songs and one of the best examples of his early rockabilly style. The song features a catchy melody, a simple but effective guitar riff, and Nelson’s smooth vocals. The song also showcases Nelson’s talent as a producer, as he arranged and overdubbed the backing vocals himself. The song has been covered by many artists over the years, such as Creedence Clearwater Revival, Queen, Led Zeppelin, The Statler Brothers and New Riders of the Purple Sage.

In this blog post, we will explore the history and legacy of Hello Mary Lou, one of the most enduring songs of the rock and roll era.

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Lyrics

Hello Mary Lou
Goodbye heart
Sweet Mary Lou
I’m so in love with you
I knew Mary Lou
We’d never part
So hello Mary Lou
Goodbye heart
You passed me by one sunny day
Flashed those big brown eyes my way
And ooh I wanted you forever more
Now I’m not one that gets around
I swear my feet stuck to the ground
And though I never did meet you before
I said “Hello Mary Lou
Goodbye heart
Sweet Mary Lou
I’m so in love with you”
I knew Mary Lou
We’d never part
So hello Mary Lou
Goodbye heart
I saw your lips I heard your voice
Believe me I just had no choice
Wild horses couldn’t make me stay away
I thought about a moonlit night
Arms around you, good and tight
All I had to see for me to say
“Hey hey hello Mary Lou
Goodbye heart
Sweet Mary Lou
I’m so in love with you”
I knew Mary Lou
We’d never part
So, hello Mary Lou
Goodbye heart
So, hello Mary Lou
Goodbye heart
Yes, hello Mary Lou
Goodbye heart