Little Sister (Elvis Presley song)
|Single by Elvis Presley|
|B-side||"(Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame"|
|Released||August 8, 1961|
|Recorded||June 26, 1961, RCA Studios, Nashville, Tennessee|
|Genre||Rock and roll|
|Writer(s)||Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman|
|Elvis Presley singles chronology|
"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 Billboard Hot 100. The single (as a double A-side with "(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 Elvis: That's the Way It Is. The song would later be covered by such artists as Dwight Yoakam, Robert Plant, The Nighthawks, The Staggers, Pearl Jam, Ry Cooder and Jesse and the Rippers.
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.
|US Billboard Hot 100||5|
- Acoustic guitar, Scotty Moore
- Electric guitar, Hank Garland
- Bass, Bob Moore
- Drums, D. J. Fontana and Buddy Harman
- Organ, Floyd Cramer
- Vocals, The Jordanaires
Dwight Yoakam version
|Single by Dwight Yoakam|
|from the album Hillbilly Deluxe|
|B-side||"This Drinkin' Will Kill Me|
|Dwight Yoakam singles chronology|
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||7|
|Canadian RPM Country Tracks||3|
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"Walkin' Back to Happiness"
by Helen Shapiro
|UK number one single
"Little Sister"/"(Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame"
November 9, 1961 (four weeks)
| Succeeded by|
"Tower Of Strength"
by Frankie Vaughan