About the song
The Hollies – Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress is a song by the English rock band The Hollies, released as a single in 1972. It was written by Allan Clarke, Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway, and produced by Ron Richards. The song is a swamp rock style tune that features lead guitar and lead vocal by Clarke, who imitated the vocal style of John Fogerty from Creedence Clearwater Revival. The song was inspired by a Jerry Reed song called Tupelo Mississippi Flash, and the lyrics tell a story of a police raid on an illegal speakeasy during the Prohibition era. The song was a huge hit in the US, reaching number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 1 on the Cash Box Top 100. It also topped the charts in Canada and South Africa, and reached number 32 in the UK. The song is considered one of the Hollies’ classics and has been covered by many artists, such as Dwight Yoakam, Vince Gill and The Nylons.