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Good Golly Miss Molly


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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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On May 3rd 1964, "Good Golly Miss Molly" by the Swinging Blue Jeans entered Billboard's Top Hot 100 chart at position #89; and on June 7th it peaked at #43 (for 1 week) and spent 7 weeks on the Top 100...
Exactly 38 years later to the day, on May 3rd, 2002 Little Richard performed the song on the ABC-TV network special 'American Bandstand 50th - A Celebration'.
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
Yowzaa! This song is part of rock-n-roll history, as is Little Richard. I, too, love that raunchy piano intro and the sax break. A "gut-busting" rocker!! Hey, Steve from Raynham, MA. got it right-----the song really is about a whore-house (The House of Blue Lights) & a whore. I believe I read that in some of Little Richards' bio's. I loved to dance to Little Richard songs in college bars when I was in college in the mid-Sixties. Their jukeboxes still had Fifties' rock & roll hits! Getting out on a crowded dance floor wasn't too easy for this girl (I was 498 pounds in '67), but when I got the inertia factor going on the dance-floor----look out!! I still love "gut bustin' rock & roll!!
- Rotunda, Tulsa, OK
What a great early rock & roll hit by the great Little Richard. I still love that tough piano intro and that blastin' saxophone break. And Little Richard's rock & roll voice pushed this song into rock & roll history. And this hit song has such a tawdry, risque', and fun heritage (gay prostitute & The House of Blue Lights!). Gasp! Yep, I can just hear Little Richard now just Woooowww-ing up a storm!
- Elmer H, westville, OK
Me & my wife's title to Jerry Lee Lewis',"whole lotta shakin' goin' on", is, "humm a nova, (a super explosion), babuh". This is sung instead of, "come on over baby". john
- john, mount hope, WY
I love Little Richard. this song is great.
- Stefanie, Rock Hill, SC
This song's about a prostitute at a whore house called "the house of blue light" where she works from "the early, early morning to the early, night" and the term "rockin and rollin" means having sex. This is how the genre got its name because so many of the songs were about sex.
- Steve, Raynham, MA
It may be a girl's name in the title, but the song refers to a (gay) male prostitute in the local vernacular. Moll, as in Moll Flanders was 18th cent. English slang for prostitute, and led to the term 'gangster's moll'. This song really is very rude, but not as bad as the original lyrics for 'Tutti Frutti'.
- Mark, Hereford, England
Influenced by Jackie Brenston's "Rocket 88" and Jery Lee Lewis' "Great Balls of Fire"
- Brandon, Seattle, WA
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