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Little Sister

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(Pomus / Schuman)

 

Information:
Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman wrote Little Sister for Elvis, who recorded it on June 26, 1961, at RCA’s Nashville studios. His single release spent a total of 13 weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, reaching #5. Sales exceeded one million copies. In England, Little Sister was number one for four weeks. A few months after Little Sister was released, LaVern Baker recorded Hey, Memphis (Atlantic 2119) as a takeoff on Elvis’s recording. Hey, Memphis, which used the same music as Little Sister, was also written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman. Elvis occasionally sang Little Sister in concert in a medley with Get Back.

 

A rehearsal of Little Sister at MGM Culver City studios in July 1970 was used in the documentary Elvis – That’s the Way It Is.

 

In 1988 Dwight Yoakam’s music video of Little Sister was nominated for Top Country Video at the Country Music Association Awards.

 

Lyrics:
 

1. Little sister, don't you, little sister, don't you
Little sister, don't you kiss me once or twice
Then say it's very nice and then you run
Little sister, don't you do
what your big sister done

 

Well, I dated your big sister and I took her to a show
I went for some candy
Along came Jim Dandy
And they snuck right out of the door

1. (repeat)

 

Ev'ry time I see your sister
Well, she's got somebody new
She's mean and she's evil like that little old Boll Weevil
Guess I'll try my luck with you

 

1. (repeat)


Well, I used to pull your pigtails
And pinch your turned-up nose
But you been a-growin' and baby, it's been showin'
From your head down to your toes

1. (repeat)

Little sister, don't you do what your big sister done

Little sister, don't you do what your big sister done

 

Where it was released:

Released for the fist time on single »
 

Singles:

- Little Sister / (Marie’s the Name) His Latest Flame (RCA 47-7908) August 1961. Standard release »

- Little Sister / (Marie’s the Name) His Latest Flame (RCA 37-7908) August 1961. Compact 33 Single release.

- Little Sister / (Marie’s the Name) His Latest Flame (RCA 447-0634) November 1962. Gold standard series reissue.

- Little Sister / Paralyzed (RCA PB-13547) June 1983. New release.

- Little Sister / Paralyzed (RCA JB-13547) June 1983. Disc jockey promotional release. Some of the copies were pressed on blue vinyl.

- Little Sister / Rip It Up (RCA EP-0517) June 1983. Special 12” single promotional release.

- Little Sister / (Marie’s the Name) His Latest Flame (RCA PB-13894) October 1984. One of six singles contained in the box set Elvis’ Greatest Hits – Golden Singles, Volume 2. The records were pressed on gold vinyl with a special gold “50th” anniversary label.

 

EPs:

- The EP Collection, Volume 2 (1982)

 

LPs/CDs:

- Elvis Golden Records, Volume 3 (1963) »

- Worldwide 50 Gold Award Hits, Volume 1 (1970) »

- Elvis in Concert (1977) »

- The Elvis Presley Story (1977) »

- Worldwide Gold Award Hits, Parts 3 & 4 (1978) »

- Elvis! His Greatest Hits (1979) »
– Elvis Aron Presley (1980) »

– The Legendary Magic of Elvis Presley (1980) »

- I Was the One (1983)

- Return of the Rocker (1986)

- The Top Ten Hits (1987)

- Forever, Volume 2 (1992)

- From Nashville to Memphis – The Essential 60’s Masters (1993)
- Elvis Greatest Jukebox Hits (1997)

- Elvis Aron Presley (1998)

- All the Best (1999)

- Artist of the Century (1999)

- Burning Love (1999)

- Essential Elvis, Volume 6 – Such a Night (2000)

- Best of Artist of the Century (2000)

- That’s the Way It Is – Special Edition (2000)

- The Swedish Hit Collection (2000)

- Elvis Chante Mort Shuman & Doc Pomus (2000)

- Best of Elvis Presley II (2001) – Zounds

- Greatest Hits (2001)

- Elvis 60’s (2001)

- Rhythm & Blues (2001)

- Live in Las Vegas (2001)

- Spring Tours ’77 (2002) - FTD »

- New Year’s Eve (2003) – FTD »

- Studio B: Nashville Outtakes (2003) - FTD »

- 2nd to None (2003)

- 2nd to None – Silver Edition (2003)

- Elvis Forever – Limited Edition (2004)

- Hitstory (2005)

- Summer Festival (2005) - FTD »

- Something for Everybody (2006) – FTD »

- Unchained Melody (2007) - FTD »

- An American Trilogy (2007) – FTD »

- That's the Way It Is (2008) - FTD »

- Standing Room Only (2009) - FTD »

– Amarillo '77 (2011) - FTD »

- Summer of '61 (2013) - FTD »

– Destination U.S.A. (2014) - FTD »

– Elvis' Golden Records, Vol. 3 (2015) - FTD »

What Now My Love (2018) - FTD »

Holiday Season in Vegas (2018) - FTD »

 

Bootleg Releases:

- The King: From the Dark to the Light (1974) – Tiger Records

- The Last Farewell (1974) – E.P. Records

- Sold Out (1974) – E.P. Records

- Rockin’ With Elvis New Year’s Eve Pittsburgh, Pa. Dec. 31, 1976 (1977) – Spirit of America Records

- Command Performance (1977) – ECP

- Standing Room Only, Volume 2 (1979) – Eagle Records

- That’s the Way It Is (1980) – Amiga Records

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