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"Good Golly Miss Molly"
Single by Little Richard
B-side "Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey"
Released 1958
Format 7", 45rpm
Recorded 1957
Label Specialty Records
Writer(s) John Marascalco, Robert "Bumps" Blackwell
Producer Robert "Bumps" Blackwell
Little Richard singles chronology
"Maybe I'm Right"
(1957)
"Good Golly Miss Molly"
(1958)
"Ooh! My Soul"
(1958)

"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, whose lead singer was teen idol Enrique Guzman and sung in Spanish under the title La Plaga (The Plague), which actually is a Spanish [(Mexico)] slang word referring to "the gang" (as in the "gang one hangs out with"). 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. Later, it became a hit again for Guzman's daughter, Alejandra (Ale) Guzman on her LP "Bye Mama".

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" in 1969 with slightly changed lyrics. Instead of the result of the gift of a diamond ring being, "When she hugs me, her kissin' make 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.

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.

Spanish version

In 1959 the song was a big success in Spanish under the title of "La Plaga" (The Plague) featured by the Mexican band Los Teen Tops. "La Plaga" has the same melody of Good Golly Miss Molly, but different lyrics. In the Spanish lyrics, "la Plaga" is the most popular girl of the town, "the queen of the place" ("la reina del lugar"), not because she is pretty -she is not-, but because she is the best rock and roll dancer. "La Plaga" with "La Bamba" (1958), is one of the first classic songs of rock en Español (rock and roll in Spanish).

The lyrics (as originally sung by Little Richard: CHORUS: Good golly, Miss Molly Sure like to ball *Good golly, Miss Molly Sure like to ball When you're rockin' and a-rollin' Can’t hear your mama call

Verse 1: From the early early mornin' till the early early night Well I caught Miss Molly rockin' at the house of blue lights. (to Chorus from *)

Verse 2: Mom 'n' papa told me "Son, you better watch your self" If they knew about Miss Molly I'd have to watch my Pop myself (to Chorus from *, Instrumental, then complete Chorus)

Verse 3: Goin’ to the corner, gonna buy a diamond ring. When she hugs me her kissin' make me ting-a-ling-a-ling (to Chorus from *)

References

The Deep Purple song, Speed King references the song (Good Golly Said Little Miss Molly).

An episode of Hannah Montana is titled "Good Golly Miss Dolly", a reference to this groundbreaking song

Brief additional history is located at Rolling Stone.

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