Short Fat Fannie
|"Short Fat Fannie"|
|Single by Larry Williams|
|A-side||"Short Fat Fannie"|
|B-side||"High School Dance"|
|Genre||Rock and Roll|
|Label||Specialty 608 (U.S.)
London HLN 8472 (UK)
|Larry Williams singles chronology|
"Short Fat Fannie" (alternatively "Short Fat Fanny") is Larry Williams' second single release after "High School Dance". Williams' original penned track peaked at number five on the U.S. pop chart, and at number one on the R&B chart. It sold over one million records, Williams' first million seller.
The track was recorded on April 26, 1957. The musicians included:
- Robert "Bumps" Blackwell, leader
- Jesse James Jones, tenor sax
- Leon M. Silby, piano
- René Hall, guitar
- Ted Brinson, bass
- Earl Palmer, drums
"Short Fat Fannie" was an early example of a novelty genre including pop song titles. This formula was later used for Bobby Darin's "Splish Splash" and Bob Kayli's "Everyone Was There", as well as both of Billy and Lillie's hits, "La Dee Dah" and "Lucky Ladybug".
The song was also covered by Billy Preston, The Beatles, Little Richard, Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers, Curtis Johnson, Ronnie Self, The Dovells and Johnny Winter. Frankie Avalon also recorded the song.
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