Hello Mary Lou – Ricky Nelson

“Hello Mary Lou” is a song written by U.S. singer Gene Pitney and Father Cayet Mangiaracina, first performed by Johnny Duncan in 1960, and later by Ricky Nelson in 1961.

The song features an influential guitar solo by James Burton, often cited by later guitarists such as Brian May. Piano was by Ray Johnson, who had succeeded Gene Garf as Nelson’s regular session pianist in November 1959. The song appears on Nelson’s sixth album Rick Is 21.