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Good Golly Miss Molly

"Good Golly Miss Molly" is a hit rock 'n' roll song first recorded in 1956 by the American musician Little Richard. The song, a 12-bar blues, was written by John Marascalco and producer Robert "Bumps" Blackwell. Although it was first recorded by Little Richard, Blackwell produced another version by The Valiants, who imitated Little Richard, but sang the song even faster. Although the Valiants' version was released first, Little Richard had the hit. Like all his early hits, it quickly became a rock 'n' roll standard and has subsequently been covered by hundreds of artists. The song is ranked #94 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

In the early 60s the song became a continental hit in Latin America performed by the Mexican band Los Teen Tops, and sung in Spanish under the title La Plaga (The Plague). It was recorded in 1959, and it was the first single of the band. It's considered one of the first rock in Spanish hits.

The British band The Swinging Blue Jeans skirted the UK Top 10 with their revival issued in early 1964. (HMV Pop 1273)

In 1966 the song again became a hit when Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels recorded it in a medley with "Devil With A Blue Dress On", reaching #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band would make "Detroit Medley" a staple of their concerts' encores in the 1970s and 1980s; one such performance is captured on the 1980 No Nukes album.

Creedence Clearwater Revival recorded "Miss Molly" with slightly changed lyrics. Instead of the result of the gift of a diamond ring being, "When she hugged me and kissed me, made me ting-a-ling-a-ling", John Fogerty sang, "Would you pardon me a kissin' and a ting-a-ling-a-ling" The song was also covered by the Meat Puppets on their album Out My Way.

The song is included on the Jerry Lee Lewis album Live at the Star Club, Hamburg, recorded in 1964.

In the feature film King Ralph, John Goodman's title character played the song as an antithesis to British royal tradition in the plot involving an American citizen who inherits the throne of England.

Was mentioned in the Hannah Montana Episode starring Dolly Parton, and referenced as "Good Golly Miss Dolly"

The song has also been covered by The Sonics on their album Here Are The Sonics and has also been covered by Screaming Lord Sutch.


Brief additional history is located at Rolling Stone

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