The Coasters

Little Egypt

Composed by Jerry Leiber / Mike Stoller

Song Review by

The Coasters' tenth and final charting hit single, 1961's "Little Egypt" is probably the weakest of the group's Leiber and Stoller hits, a less amusing story song than earlier hits saved primarily by an over the top circus barker intro and a dramatic middle eight capped by one of the funniest images in the Coasters' entire oeuvre: "She had a picture of a cowboy tattooed on her spine, sayin' 'Phoenix, Arizona 1949.'" Most importantly, by this point in pop history, the Coasters' signature blend of musical comedy and gutbucket R&B was starting to sound kind of dated. It's not surprising that right after this single's follow-up "Girls Girls Girls" failed to chart, singer Cornell Gunter was replaced by the Cadillacs' Earl Carroll and the group went in a more conventional R&B direction. As a side note, Elvis Presley did this song no favors on the soundtrack to his 1964 film Roustabout.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Coast Along with the Coasters 1962 Sequel
No Image 1971 Atlantic
No Image 1978 Atlantic
16 Greatest Hits [Deluxe] 197? Deluxe
Young Blood 1982 Blumountain Records 3:26
Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974, Vol. 4 (1958-1962) 1985
Various Artists
Atlantic 2:51
The Ultimate Coasters 1986 Warner Bros. 2:19
Greatest Hits [Onyx] 1987 Hollywood/IMG / Hollywood 2:47
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: 1961 - Still Rockin' 1989
Various Artists
2:53
The Greatest Hits 1991 Atco
50 Coastin' Classics: Anthology 1992 Rhino 2:53
The Very Best of the Coasters 1993 Rhino Flashback
Hits from 1961 1996
Various Artists
Richmond 2:48
Golden Hits 1996 ITC Masters / Intercontinental Records 3:25
Great 1996 Goldies 2:51
Sixties Generation: 1961 1997
Various Artists
Retro Music 2:50
Poison Ivy [Kingfisher] 1997 Kingfisher Records 3:31
Greatest Hits [Prime Cuts] 1997 Rhino / Prime Cuts 2:49
Yakety Yak & Other Favorites [Rhino Flashback] 1997 Rhino Flashback 2:53
For the Love of Rock 'N' Roll 1998
Various Artists
Aao / The Ultimate Music Collection 3:33
Yakety Yak [Mastertone] 1998 Mastertone 3:24
Sixties Generation 1999
Various Artists
St. Clair / Boxsets 2:50
Forever Gold 2000 St. Clair 2:49
Roots of Rock 'N' Roll 2000 Direct Source 2:51
Sixties Generation: A Decade of Change, Vol. 1 2000
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:50
Rock N' Roll 60's Flashback 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:52
Doo Wop Collection [Madacy 2000] 2000
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:49
The Coasters [Direct Source] 2001 Direct Source 3:34
The Coasters Greatest Hits [Laserlight] 2001 Laserlight 3:23
Searchin' 2002 Orpheus Records 3:26
Poison Ivy [Hallmark] 2002 Hallmark Recordings 3:38
Rock N Roll Reunion 1961 2003
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:49
Best of the 50's and 60's, Vol. 1 [United Audio] 2003
Various Artists
United Audio Entertainment 3:33
Jukebox Hits, Vol. 1 2003
Various Artists
United Audio Entertainment 3:35
Hall of Fame 2003 Laserlight / Delta Distribution 3:23
Doo Wop Collection 2003 [CD3] 2003
Various Artists
Madacy 2:49
Poison Ivy 2004 Mojo Music (Independent) 3:25
100 Rockin' Hits of the 60's 2005
Various Artists
Madacy 2:48
All Our Best 2005 Legacy 3:34
16 Greatest Hits [Passport Audio] 2005 Passport Audio 3:33
Doo Wop Era 2005
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:48
Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974, Vol. 5: 1961-1965 2006
Various Artists
WEA International 2:48
Court Jesters of Rock and Roll 2006 American Legends 3:35
Atlantic R&B Box Set 2006
Various Artists
WEA International 2:48
No Image 2007 Cleopatra 2:51
R&B Jukebox: 20 Classic Hits 2007
Various Artists
Music Video Distribution
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Goldenlane 2:50
Hound Dog: Leiber and Stoller Collection 2009
Various Artists
Micro Werks 2:50
The Roots of Mod 2011
Various Artists
Chrome Dreams 2:51
Little Egypt 2013 Excalibur 2:48
25 Rock 'N' Roll Hits, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Tring 2:44
American Sounds of the 60's, Vol. 2
Various Artists
K-Tel 2:53
No Image
Various Artists
K-Tel 2:56
Golden Oldies Hit Series, Vol. 18
Various Artists
Forever Classic Hits 2:49
Group Harmony
Various Artists
K-Tel 2:53
How Britain Got the Blues, Vol. 4: How Mods Got the Blues
Various Artists
History of RnB Records / Rhythm & Blues / Rhythm and Blues 2:51
Oldies Hits A to Z, Vol. 11
Various Artists
Forever Classic Hits 2:49
Rock 'N' Roll Masterclass
Various Artists
Play 24-7 / Play 27-7 2:53
Rockin & A-Boppin' [Play 27-7]
Various Artists
Play 27-7 2:53
The  Best of the Coasters [AP] AP 2:52
The  Leiber-Stoller Songbook
Various Artists
Ideal 2:55
The  Original Sound of R&B 1961
Various Artists
Ideal 2:55
The Coasters: Greatest Hits Ever Green 2:53
The Forgotten 45s 1960-1962
Various Artists
Fantastic Voyage 2:53
Way It Was: Let's Dance the 60's
Various Artists
Dynamic 2:52
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