Devil with a Blue Dress On

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"Devil with a Blue Dress On/Good Golly Miss Molly"
Devil with a Blue Dress On single.jpg
Single by Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels
from the album Breakout!
Released September 1966[1]
Format 7"
Genre Rock, blue eyed soul
Length 3:01 (with "Good Golly, Miss Molly")
Label New Voice
Songwriter(s) Frederick Long, William Stevenson
Producer(s) Bob Crewe
Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels singles chronology
"Takin' All I Can Get"
(1966)
"Devil with a Blue Dress On/Good Golly Miss Molly"
(1966)
"Sock It to Me-Baby!"
(1967)
"Takin' All I Can Get"
(1966)
"Devil with a Blue Dress On/Good Golly Miss Molly"
(1966)
"Sock It to Me-Baby!"
(1967)

"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 later version recorded by Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels in 1966 peaked at #4 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

Song information[edit]

"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 and The Detroit Wheels recorded the song as a medley with an original arrangement of Little Richard's "Good Golly, Miss Molly". Their version was notably more up-tempo than Long's more blues-influenced rendition.[2] 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. This recording featured Barry Goldberg on piano - his professional session. (He drove from Chicago to Detroit to do it.)

Cover versions[edit]

"Devil with a Blue Dress On" was also recorded by Pratt & McClain, who are best known for the theme from the television series Happy Days. Bruce Springsteen's version of the song was part of the No Nukes concert album in 1980, and he has performed it regularly in concert from the 1970s to the present. A Spanish language version of the song was recorded by Los Lobos and released on the Eating Raoul film soundtrack in 1982.

  • Several cover versions had recorded in Spanish by several artists, among them Margie, a Colombian garage rock singer, she recorded her version for Zeida Codiscos in 1967 for her album "Cartel de Publicidad and Los Yaki, Mexican rock garage band.

The Duke Blue Devils use "Devil with a Blue Dress On" as a victory song.

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