For The Ladies
Words By: Laura Wise | April 10th, 2015
“Where’s my Peggy Sue?
I could use a Rosalita.
If there’s a Long Tall Sally out there
I’m dyin’ to meet her.
Why can’t I hear Beth callin’ me?
Why can’t I be the one to make Sara smile?
I wish I was arm in arm with Jean genie,
Walkin’ down the aisle.”
Adam Sandler – ‘Listenin’ To The Radio’
The Carter Family - Lula Walls
The story of Lula Walls goes back to the late 1800s. It has been known by many names since, including “Lulu Walls”, “Lulu Wall”, “Lulu Walsh”, “A Maiden Young and Fair” and many more. Whatever the title, the song’s lament of the unobtainable has survived through generations of musical retellings.
Nat King Cole - Sweet Lorraine
“Sweet Lorraine” is a jazz standard, written in 1928 by Cliff Burwell and Mitchell Parish. Nat King Cole performed this recording with the King Cole Trio in 1940. Ten years later, Cole’s performance of the song “Mona Lisa” stayed at number one on the Billboard singles chart for eight weeks straight. He also recorded a popular rendition of the song “Candy” in 1956.
Brother Bones - Sweet Georgia Brown
“Sweet Georgia Brown” is a jazz standard originally written in 1925. It has since been performed either vocally or purely instrumental. Alabama bone player and whistler, Brother Bones, performed this instrumental version in 1949 and exploded to fame when the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team decided to use it as their theme song in 1952.
Eddie Cochran - Long Tall Sally
Recorded by Little Richard in 1956, “Long Tall Sally” enjoyed commercial success and topped several charts before being covered by artists like The Kinks, The Beatles and Eddie Cochran. Cochran also sang about “Jeanie, Jeanie, Jeanie” and “Teresa” in 1958.
Little Richard - Jenny, Jenny
This single was released in 1957 with another for the ladies on the B-side, “Miss Ann”. The Billboard Hot 100 chart placed “Jenny, Jenny” at number 10 in its year- end countdown.
Dale Hawkins - Susie Q
Both The Rolling Stones and Creedence Clearwater Revival famously covered this song, but this is the original version as written by Dale Hawkins. The Rolling Stones performed an accelerated version, which was one of their shortest songs ever recorded at only 1:49 minutes long. CCR, meanwhile, chose to take it in the opposite direction and recorded a cover well over 8 minutes in length.
Buddy Holly - Peggy Sue
Originally called “Cindy Lou” after Holly’s niece, this song became “Peggy Sue” as an ode to co-writer Jerry Allison’s girlfriend, Peggy Sue Gerron.
Fats Domino - My Girl Josephine
More than a decade after he exploded onto the scene with ‘The Fat Man’, Fats Domino was well and truly a household name by the time this record was released in 1960. “My Girl Josephine” was Domino’s twenty-second double sided hit single released with Imperial Records.
Ray Charles - Georgia On My Mind
It’s long been debated whether this song is about Georgia the state, or Georgia the sister of musician Hoagy Carmichael, who co-wrote this classic. Regardless, the song inevitably became the official state song of Georgia in 1979. Ray Charles first made it a hit in 1960 with his timeless rendition.
The Four Seasons - Sherry
Songwriter Bob Gaudio originally wrote this song about First Lady, Jackie Kennedy, and called it “Jackie Baby”. He found her so inspirational, apparently, that it took him only 15 minutes to write.
Otis Redding - Lucille
“Lucille” was first recorded by Little Richard in 1957, but was promptly covered by many others, including this version by Otis Redding for his 1964 album Pain In My Heart.
Mississippi John Hurt - Corrina, Corrina
Mississippi John Hurt started playing guitar at nine years old and recorded his first song with Okeh Records in 1928. But it wasn’t until 1963 that he was truly recognized for his talent when folk enthusiastic Tom Hoskins was able to track him down and encourage him to record again.
Simon & Garfunkel - Peggy-O
This song is based on an old Scottish folk song called “The Bonnie Lass o’ Fyvie”, which has been interpreted by numerous artists including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, The Grateful Dead, The Clancy Brothers and The Irish Rovers. Over time, as with many folk songs, the original lyrics have changed with each reimagining, but the tortured tale of an Irish captain and a Scottish girl survives in this harmonized version by Simon and Garfunkel.
Bob Dylan - Farewell Angelina
Bob Dylan recorded this song in January 1965, but it wasn’t released until his 1991 album The Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3.
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