Little Sister" is a rock and roll song written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman. It was originally released as a single in 1961 by  American singer Elvis Presley, who enjoyed a No. 5 hit with it on the . The single (as a double A-side with " Billboard Hot 100 (Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame") also reached No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart.
Lead guitar was played by  Hank Garland, with backing vocals by the Jordanaires featuring the distinctive bass voice of Ray Walker.
Presley performs the song as part of a medley with "
Get Back" in the 1970 rockumentary film . The song would later be covered by such artists as Elvis: That's the Way It Is Dwight Yoakam, Robert Plant, The Nighthawks, The Staggers, Pearl Jam, and Ry Cooder. Cooder's version was a number-one hit in New Zealand.
The song lyric makes mention of "Jim Dandy" which was the title of a 1956 song "
Jim Dandy" by LaVern Baker. An answer song to "Little Sister", with the same melody but different lyrics, was recorded and released under the title "Hey, Memphis" by Baker on Atlantic Records (Atlantic 2119-A) in September 1961.
Chart positions [ edit ]
Elvis Presley [ edit ]
Personnel [ edit ]
RCA Studio B, Nashville, Tennessee, June 25, 1961.
Dwight Yoakam version [ edit ]
Music video [ edit ]
music video for Dwight Yoakam's 1987 version of "Little Sister" was directed by Sherman Halsey.
Christian parody band ApologetiX recorded a parody of the song, called "Little Esther", for their 1993 debut album .
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References [ edit ]
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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
Roberts, David (2006). (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 130–1. British Hit Singles & Albums ISBN . 1-904994-10-5
"Ry Cooder - Little Sister (song)". charts.org.nz . Retrieved . May 26, 2018
"Elvis Presley Chart History (Hot 100)". . Billboard
^ Jorgensen, Ernst, Elvis Presley: A Life in Music, The Complete Recording sessions, St. Martin’s Press, New York, 1998 pp157-159
"Dwight Yoakam Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". . Billboard
"New Zealand charts portal". Hung Medien. Archived from the original on January 18, 2012 . Retrieved . March 2, 2011
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