About the song
If you are a fan of rock and roll music, you have probably heard of the song “Good Golly, Miss Molly” by Little Richard. But do you know the story behind this classic hit? In this blog post, we will provide detailed information about this song, its origin, its lyrics, its impact and its legacy.
Origin of the song
The song “Good Golly, Miss Molly” was first recorded in 1956 by American musician Little Richard, who is widely regarded as one of the pioneers of rock and roll. The song was written by John Marascalco and producer Robert “Bumps” Blackwell, who also worked with Little Richard on his other hits such as “Tutti Frutti”, “Long Tall Sally” and “Lucille”.
Little Richard first heard the phrase “Good golly, Miss Molly” from a Southern DJ named Jimmy Pennick, who used it as an exclamation. He modified the lyrics into the more suggestive “Good golly, Miss Molly/You sure like to ball”, which was a euphemism for having sex. Little Richard himself later claimed that he took Ike Turner’s piano intro from his influential 1951 rock and roll song “Rocket 88”, and used it for “Good Golly, Miss Molly”.
Little Richard recorded the song at J&M Studio in New Orleans, Louisiana, with his backing band The Upsetters, which included saxophonists Lee Allen and Alvin “Red” Tyler, guitarist Roy Eustis Montrell, bassist Frank Fields and drummer Earl Palmer. The song was released in January 1958 as Specialty single 624, and later on Little Richard’s self-titled album in July 1958.
Lyrics of the song
The lyrics of the song are simple but catchy, with a repetitive chorus that emphasizes the phrase “Good golly, Miss Molly”. The verses describe the narrator’s admiration for a woman named Molly, who likes to dance, party and have fun. The song also contains some sexual innuendos, such as “When you’re rocking and a rolling/Can’t hear your momma call” and “From the early early morning to the early early night/You can see Miss Molly rocking at the house of blue lights”.
The song is sung in a high-pitched voice by Little Richard, who also plays a fast and energetic piano solo. The song has a typical rock and roll structure, with a 12-bar blues progression and a shuffle rhythm. The song is in the key of F major and has a tempo of about 176 beats per minute.
Impact of the song
The song was a huge success for Little Richard, reaching No. 4 on the Billboard R&B chart and No. 10 on the Billboard pop chart. It also reached No. 8 on the UK Singles Chart and No. 11 on the Australian Singles Chart. The song sold over one million copies and was awarded a gold disc by the Recording Industry Association of America.
The song also became a rock and roll standard and has been covered by hundreds of artists over the years, such as Elvis Presley, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, The Sonics, Status Quo and many more. The song is ranked No. 92 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Legacy of the song
The song is considered one of the most influential songs in rock and roll history, as it helped to define the genre’s sound and style. The song also influenced many other genres of music, such as rockabilly, soul, funk, punk and hip hop. The song has been featured in many movies, TV shows, video games and commercials over the years, such as American Graffiti, Grease, Happy Days, Back to the Future Part III, Forrest Gump, Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock and Coca-Cola.
The song is also part of the cultural heritage of many countries around the world. For example, in Vietnam , where I live , there is a popular rock band named Good Golly Miss Molly , which was formed in 1995 and has released several albums inspired by Little Richard’s music.
In conclusion , “Good Golly , Miss Molly” is a legendary song that showcases Little Richard’s talent , charisma and innovation as a rock and roll artist . The song is a timeless classic that has influenced many generations of musicians and fans alike . The song is also a testament to the power and joy of music , as it celebrates life , love and fun . As Little Richard himself once said , “Rock ‘n’ roll doesn’t really mean rock ‘n’ roll . It means sex . It means dance . It means move . It means feel good .”