Little Ole Man (Uptight, Everything's Alright)

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"Little Ole Man (Uptight, Everything's Alright)"
Single by Bill Cosby
from the album Silver Throat: Bill Cosby Sings
Released 1967 (1967)
Genre R&B, comedy
Label Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s) Henry Cosby, Sylvia Moy, Stevie Wonder

"Little Ole Man (Uptight, Everything's Alright)" is a 1967 single recorded and released by comedian Bill Cosby, released as a single from the entertainer's first musical comedy album, Silver Throat: Bill Cosby Sings.

A comedic parody which Cosby narrated about "a little ole man" whom he discovers twice, first getting hit by a train, and later being run over by elephants.[1] The musical instrumental, chorus, and accompanying background vocals were a direct lift of the Stevie Wonder song "Uptight (Everything's Alright)", which had been a recent hit, and the authorship of "Little Ole Man" is credited solely to the authors of "Uptight". "Uptight" co-author Henry Cosby has no relation to Bill Cosby.

The single became an unexpected hit for Cosby charting as high as number four on the Billboard Hot 100 making Cosby one of the first comedians to have a charted hit single on the Billboard music charts. Fellow comics like Steve Martin and parody musician "Weird Al" Yankovic later followed him on the Billboard charts with their comedy records.

On the album 200 M.P.H., Cosby states that the song was dedicated to his grandfather.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "That Was A Hit?!? : Grab Bag Edition". WNYC.org. May 3, 2013.