Devil with a Blue Dress On
|"Devil with a Blue Dress On/Good Golly Miss Molly"|
|Single by Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels|
|from the album Breakout!|
|Length||3:01 (with "Good Golly Miss Molly")|
|Writer(s)||Frederick Long, William Stevenson|
|Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels singles chronology|
"Devil with a Blue Dress On" (also known as "Devil with the Blue Dress On") is a song written by Shorty Long and William "Mickey" Stevenson, first performed by Long and released as a single in 1964. A 1966 cover version by Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels peaked at #4 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
"Devil With The Blue Dress On" was originally released as Shorty Long's debut single on Motown in 1964, but the single failed to chart.
Two years later, Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels covered the song as a medley with a cover of Little Richard's "Good Golly Miss Molly". Their version was notably more up-tempo than Long's more blues-influenced rendition. Reaching #4 on the Hot 100, their version of the track would end up becoming their most well-known and highest charting hit in the United States. Some radio edits omit the almost identical repeat of the first verse, except for the last 4lines, in order to avoid the repetition, as well as for time limits.
"Devil With The Blue Dress" was also recorded by Pratt & McClain, who are best known for "The Happy Days Theme". Bruce Springsteen's version of the song "Devil With a Blue Dress" was part of the No Nukes concert album in the early 1980s.
- "Devil With A Blue Dress On by Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels Songfacts". Songfacts. Retrieved 2011-05-19.
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