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Little Sister

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Basic Stats

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Written by: Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman

Recorded: June 26, 1961, RCA Studio B, Nashville
Released master is take 4.

Single:w/ "(Marie's the Name of) His Latest Flame", 47-7908, August 8, 1961
Also released as Compact 33 Single, 37-7908, August 1961
Also re-released as Gold Standard Series, 447-0634, November 1962
Also released w/ "Paralyzed", RCA PB-13547, June 1983

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#5 on Billboard's Hot 100
#5 on Cash Box Top 100

1st LP release: Elvis Golden Records Vol 3 - September 1963
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My Spin

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"Little Sister" gets my vote as Elvis' greatest rock song of the early and mid '60s. He wouldn't outdo this until the comeback. This classic opens up at full throttle, guitar and drums loud and in your face, and then slows to allow the signature bass line some room before Elvis enters with the chorus. Hank Garland's guitar rivals Elvis' vocals as they both try to outrock each other all the way through. The verses are tight and tense ending with a full stop and drum-guitar punches before each chorus. Great stuff! Rock 'n' Roll doesn't get much better than this!

Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)

"Little Sister" is another classic Presley performance. There is a "dirty" feel, a smouldering innuendo in Presley's voice, which is cut through by electric guitar phrases. This has a mesmerising effect, helped by the song being contained within a few notes.

Robert Matthew-Walker, Elvis Presley: A Study in Music, 1979

Catchy R&B number with excellent vocal treatment by Elvis, bending his voice up and down the scale.

Martin Torgoff, The Complete Elvis, 1982

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"Little Sister" Lyrics and Downloads

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 took her to a show
I went for some candy
Along came Jim Dandy
And they snuck right out the door

Repeat Chorus
Every 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

Repeat Chorus
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

Repeat Chorus
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