Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress
|"Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress"|
Cover of the 1972 French single
|Single by The Hollies|
|from the album Distant Light|
|Released||17 April 1972|
16–30 July 1971|
AIR Studios, London
|The Hollies singles chronology|
"Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress" (also titled "Long Cool Woman" or "Long Cool Woman (in a Black Dress)") is a song written by Allan Clarke, Roger Cook, and Roger Greenaway and performed by the British rock group The Hollies. Originally appearing on the album Distant Light, it was released as a single on 17 April 1972 (on Parlophone in the United Kingdom), selling 1.5 million copies in the United States and two million worldwide. It reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in September 1972. Billboard ranked it as the No. 24 song for 1972.
Background and recording
On the day "Long Cool Woman" was recorded at AIR Studios, the group's producer, Ron Richards, was ill and, as a result, the song was produced by the group. The song is different from most other Hollies songs in that there are no three-part vocal harmonies, and the song features lead guitar and lead vocal work by Allan Clarke. Upon his return, Ron Richards mixed the recording.
The song was written in the swamp rock style of Creedence Clearwater Revival, in terms of the vocal, rhythm, and melodic style. It came out in the spring of 1972 (the same year Creedence split up). Clarke imitated John Fogerty's vocal style, which was based on the Creedence song "Green River". According to Clarke, the song was written "in about five minutes".
In the Hollies' native United Kingdom, the song was only a modest success for the band, peaking at number 32 on the charts. However, it became a surprising smash hit in the United States, peaking at number 2 for two weeks behind Gilbert O'Sullivan’s "Alone Again (Naturally)". It was their highest charting single in America. It also got to number 2 in Australia. By this time, Clarke had already left the band, but he feels that "it wasn't unfortunate", since he had co-written the song. Clarke rejoined the Hollies in the summer of 1973, partly due to the success of this song.
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- Allan Clarke - vocals, lead guitar
- Tony Hicks and Terry Sylvester - guitar
- Bernie Calvert - bass
- Bobby Elliott - drums
Weekly singles charts
In popular culture and cover versions
- Phantom, Rocker & Slick released their version on their 1986 album Cover Girl.
- Country music singer Clint Black released his version of the song to country radio on 19 February 2008, under the title "Long Cool Woman". Black's version charted on the Hot Country Songs chart at #58.
- Another country music singer, T. G. Sheppard, covered the song on his 1997 album Nothin' on But the Radio.
- Heavy metal rocker Vince Neil released a heavier version of "Long Cool Woman", along with other covers and original material, on his third studio album, Tattoos & Tequila, on 22 June 2010.
- A cappella group Rockapella released a version on their 1995 album Primer.
- The energy corporation BP used it in radio and TV commercials in 2013.
- "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress" was the first song played by the band Phish. They also played the song at their 15th and 20th anniversary concerts.
- "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress" was played by Widespread Panic on 29 October 2000, during the last of three shows on their Halloween Weekend in New Orleans.
- The song was used in the films Remember the Titans, Amores Perros, The Longest Yard, The Lovely Bones, Trouble with the Curve, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows and Kong: Skull Island. The song was also used in the first trailer for The Nice Guys. In 2018, Netflix released the film The Angel (2018 American film). The song is heard in a UK night club, despite the scene being set in 1970.
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