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The title was taken from the pet phrase of one of Little Richard's favorite DJ's, Jimmy Pennick. Musically, the song was inspired by the sax player Jackie Brenston, famous for singing lead and playing with Ike Turner on the song "Rocket 88
Like most of Little Richard's songs, this contains a lot of innuendo ("sure like to ball") but most people were too busy listening to the music to notice or didn't get the reference. At the time, the most common meaning for "balling" was dancing, it only later became a popular euphemism for oral sex. The term later took on a new meaning when it came describe a lavish and extravagant lifestyle, with these guys flashing their cash known as "ballers."
Little Richard's publisher sued Creedence Clearwater Revival over their song "Travelin' Band
," which they claimed lifted from "Molly." A settlement was reached with Creedence giving up some of their royalties.
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