Little Sister (Elvis Presley song)

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"Little Sister"
Single by Elvis Presley
B-side "(Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame"
Released August 8, 1961
Recorded June 25 & 26, 1961[1]
Genre Rock, Blues
Length 3:00
Label RCA
Writer(s) Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman[1]
Producer(s) Steve Sholes[1][2]
Elvis Presley singles chronology
"(Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame"
(1961)
"Little Sister"
(1961)
"Can't Help Falling in Love"
(1961)

"Little Sister" is a rock and roll song written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman.[1] It was originally released as a single in 1961 by American singer Elvis Presley, who turned it into a No. 5 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. The single (as a double A-side with "(Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame") reached No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart.[3] An answer song with the same melody, but different lyrics was recorded and released under the title "Hey, Memphis" by Lavern Baker on Atlantic Records (Atlantic 2119-A) in September 1961. In 1970 Elvis Presley performs this song as part of a medley with "Get Back" in the rockumentary film, That's the Way It Is.

The song would later be covered by artists such as Dwight Yoakam, Robert Plant, The Nighthawks, The Staggers, Pearl Jam, Ry Cooder and Jesse and the Rippers.

Chart positions[edit]

Elvis Presley[edit]

Chart (1961) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 5


Dwight Yoakam version[edit]

"Little Sister"
Single by Dwight Yoakam
from the album Hillbilly Deluxe
Released February 1987
Recorded 1987
Genre Country
Length 3:01
Label Reprise
Producer(s) Pete Anderson
Dwight Yoakam singles chronology
"It Won't Hurt"
(1986)
"Little Sister"
(1987)
"Little Ways"
(1987)
Chart (1987) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 7
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 3
RIANZ charts 35[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video for Dwight Yoakam's version of "Little Sister" was directed by Sherman Halsey.

Parody[edit]

Christian parody band ApologetiX did a parody of the song called "Little Esther" for their debut album, Isn't Wasn't Ain't.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 62. ISBN 0-85112-250-7. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 130–1. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ "New Zealand charts portal". Hung Medien. Retrieved March 2, 2011. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Walkin' Back to Happiness"
by Helen Shapiro
UK number one single
"Little Sister"/"(Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame"

November 9, 1961 (four weeks)
Succeeded by
"Tower Of Strength"
by Frankie Vaughan