Audio Magazine (6/94, p.91) - "...Only Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis can rival Larry Williams for pushing rock's limits..."
Personnel includes: Larry Williams (vocals, piano); Irving Ashby, Rene Hall, Alfred August, Roy Evans, Howard Roberts, Roy Montrell, Lonnie Fowler (guitar); Plas Johnson, Jesse James Jones, Lee Allen, Edward Jordan (tenor saxophone); Jewell Grant, Alvin "Red" Tyler (baritone saxophone); John E. Oliveri, Norman Rich (saxophone); John Anderson (trumpet); Willard McDaniel, Leon M. Silby (piano); Ralph Hamilton, Ted Brinson, Frank Fields, Richard Payne (bass); Edward J. Hall, Earl Palmer, Loe Morris, Charles "Hungry" Williams (drums); Trudy Hancock, Irene Diaz, Darlene Paul, Gracia Nitzsche (background vocals).
Compilation producer: Little Walter Devenne.
Principally recorded at Master Recorders and Radio Recorders, Hollywood, California; J&M Studios, New Orleans, Louisiana between February 25, 1957 and August 5, 1959. Includes liner notes by Gene Sculatti.
This is part of Specialty's The Legends Of Specialty Series.
Personnel: Larry Williams (vocals, piano, keyboards); Roy Evans, Lonnie Fowler, Jr., Howard Roberts , Irving Ashby, Alfred August, Rene Hall, Roy Montrell (guitar); John Oliver (saxophone, tenor saxophone); Edward "Kidd" Jordan, Jesse Jones , Lee Allen, Plas Johnson (tenor saxophone); Jewell L. Grant, Alvin "Red" Tyler (baritone saxophone); John Anderson Concert Orchestra , John Anderson (trumpet); Leon M. Silby, Art Neville, Willard McDaniel (piano); Earl Palmer , Charles "Hungry" Williams (drums).
Liner Note Author: Gene Sculatti.
Recording information: J & M Studios, New Orleans, LA (02/25/1957-08/05/1959); Master Recorders, Hollywood, CA (02/25/1957-08/05/1959); Radio Recorders, Hollywood, CA (02/25/1957-08/05/1959).
Photographer: George Jerman.
Unknown Contributor Role: Billy Vera.
Bad Boy compiles 23 tracks Larry Williams recorded between 1957 and 1958. The core of the collection are his hit singles -- "Bony Maronie," "She Said Yeah," "Lawdy Miss Clawdy," "Just Because," "Dizzy Miss Lizzy," "Short Fat Fannie," "Bad Boy," "Slow Down" -- many of which became standards. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine