Little Richard

Long Tall Sally

Composed by Enotris Johnson / Richard Penniman / Robert "Bumps" Blackwell

Song Review by

"Long Tall Sally" was Little Richard's second record for Specialty, following hard on the success of "Tutti Frutti." Originally titled "The Thing," the song went through several tempo modifications before being torqued up for the full-on explosion of rhythm and screaming that became the hit version. With the saxes grunting away while Richard howled, the tune spread like wildfire, topping most charts and immediately becoming a standard of rock & roll. Elvis Presley covered the song on his second album for RCA Victor and frequently featured the song in his early live shows. The tune has also been successfully covered by Jerry Lee Lewis, Barbara Greene, and the Beatles, as well as surviving several re-recordings from Richard himself for a variety of labels. A song so simple it's open to a wide variety of interpretations, this is three-chord 1950s rock & roll at its very best.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Here's Little Richard 1957 P-Vine Records
No Image 1959 Specialty Records
No Image 1968 JDC Records / Specialty Records
The Second Coming [Charly] 1971 Charly Records 2:03
Rip It Up [Joy] 1973 Chameleon Music Group / Capitol / Chameleon
No Image 1976 GNP/Crescendo
Little Richard [Timeless] 1977 Timeless Treasures 2:03
Kings of Rock'n'Roll [Bellaphon] 1978
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 1:18
Ultimate 50's Party 1980
Various Artists
Era Records 2:07
21 Legendary Superstars Oldies but Goodies 1983
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:08
The Essential 1985 Specialty Records 2:10
The Best of 50's Jumpin' Jive 1986
Various Artists
Priority Records
No Image 1987 Mercury
King of Rock 'n' Roll [Entertainers] 1988 Entertainers
No Image 1988 Lifetime (UK)
The Specialty Sessions 1989 Specialty Records 2:17
His Greatest Recordings 1990 Ace
The Georgia Peach 1991 Specialty Records 2:08
Eis Am Stiel 1991
Original Soundtrack
Ariola
No Image 1991 Laserlight 2:37
Rhythm & Blues: 1956 1991
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: 1955-1956 1992
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:11
The E.P. Collection 1993 See For Miles Records
His Best 1993 Dominion / Dominion 2:02
Hits of the 50's: 68 Hot Hits from the Fabulous Fifties, Vols. 1-4 1993
Various Artists
Fat Boy
Radio Gold, Vol. 2 1994
Various Artists
Ace 2:10
The Specialty Story [Box] 1994
Various Artists
Specialty Records 2:07
Mega Mix 1995 K-Tel Distribution 1:34
Golden Hits of the 50's & 60's 1995
Various Artists
Galaxy Music
No Image 1995 Prime Cuts
Killer Cuts 1995 Public Music 2:08
Rock 'N' Roll Days 1995
Various Artists
L & D
Shag on Down by the Union Hall 1996 Specialty Records 2:08
No Image 1996 ITC Masters 2:04
World of Rock N Roll 1996
Various Artists
ZYX Music 2:05
Double Gold Hits, Vol. 2 1996
Various Artists
Public Music
Rock 'N' Roll Nonstop Party Mix 1997
Various Artists
ZYX Music
Best of Little Richard [1997 Madacy] 1997 Madacy 2:02
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
Rock n' Roll Reunion: Class of 56 1997
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:06
Preacher King of Rock N' Roll 1997 Classic World Productions, Inc. 2:04
High School Dance Classics [Crown Collection] 1997
Various Artists
Crown 2:00
The Ultimate History of Rock 'N' Roll Collection 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:02
The Ultimate History of Rock & Roll Collection, Vol. 2: R&B Greats 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:05
50's Greatest Rock & Roll Hits 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:06
Great 1998 Goldies
The Best of Little Richard [Cleopatra] 1998 Pegasus/Cleopatra / Cleopatra 2:08
Non-Stop Dancing [Madacy] 1998
Various Artists
Madacy 2:04
The Best of Little Richard [Madacy] 1999 Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:02
The Original British Hit Singles 1999 Ace 2:09
Lucille [Sound Dimension] 1999 Sound Ideas / Sound Dimension 2:05
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: Greatest Hits 1999
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:11
Rock 'N' Roll Hits 1999 Dressed To Kill 2:12
Rock Around the Clock [Legacy] 2000
Various Artists
Legacy 2:08
Little Richard [ARC] 2000 The Magic Collection 2:08
Shake, Rattle & Roll: 50's Rock 'N' Roll 2000
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:06
The Very Best of 2000 Cleopatra 2:08
Roots of Rock 'N' Roll 2000 Direct Source 2:03
20 Great Cruisin' Favourites, Vol. 1 2000
Various Artists
Cascade Records 2:09
Rock 'n' Roll Memories [Box Set] 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:03
Whole Lotta Shakin' [Legend] 2000 Delta Distribution / Legend 2:08
Casey Kasem: America's Top 10 Through the Years 2000
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 2:10
Great Little Richard 2000 Red X
The Best of the Vee-Jay Years, Vol. 1 2000 Collectables 2:03
Rockin' and Rollin' with Little Richard 2000 Laserlight / Delta Distribution 2:08
No Image 2001 Sony Music Distribution 1:20
The 50's Decade: Rock 'n' Roll 2001
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:06
Talking 'Bout Soul 2001 RPM 2:23
Forever Gold: Roots of Rock 'N' Roll 2001
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:08
Casey Kasem: America's Top 10 Through Years - The 50's 2001
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 2:10
Specialty Records Greatest Hits 2001
Various Artists
Specialty Records 2:11
The Classic Rhythm & Blues Collection, Vol. 4: The Fifties 2001
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:09
Teenage Idols [4 Discs] 2001
Various Artists
Disky Communications 2:09
Tutti Frutti [Columbia River] 2001 Columbia River Entertainment Group / Allegro Corporation 2:03
Juke Box Jive [Dressed to Kill] 2001
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 2:10
Rock N Roll Classics [Columbia River] 2001
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:03
That's Rock and Roll 2001
Various Artists
Golden Stars 2:04
Soul Classics [Columbia River] 2001
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:03
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Wagram Records
Rock 'N' Roll Teenagers Collection, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 2:10
The 50's Decade [Boxsets 2002] 2002
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:06
Let the Good Times Roll: 20 of New Orleans' Finest R&B Classics 1949-1966 2002
Various Artists
Capitol/EMI Records / Capitol 2:10
All-Time Greatest Hits 2002 Dominion Entertainment / K-Tel / K-Tel Distribution 2:02
Very Best 2002 BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) 2:06
The Legends Collection: Rock 'n' Roll Teenagers 2002
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill / Legends Collection 2:10
Black & Proud 2002
Various Artists
Golden Stars
Rocking with the Georgia Peach 2002 Snapper / Recall (UK) 2:02
Keep a Knockin': The Best of Little Richard 2002 Repertoire 2:09
The London Rock & Roll Show [CD] 2002
Various Artists
The Store for Music 2:52
Hits of the '50s [Direct Source] 2003
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:06
20 Greatest Hits [Platinum Disc] 2003 Platinum Disc 2:38
Rock and Roll Generation, Vol. 2 2003
Various Artists
Compendia Music Group / Intersound 2:04
Rockin' with Little Richard 2003 Castle Pulse 2:05
Malt Shop Classics [North Quest] 2003
Various Artists
Northquest 2:01
Hall of Fame 2003 Laserlight / Delta Distribution 2:08
Rock N' Roll Radio: Australia 1957 2003
Various Artists
Rockstar 2:06
Tutti Frutti [Dynamic] 2003 Dynamic 2:02
Capital Gold: Rock & Roll Legends 2003
Various Artists
Phantom Import Distribution
Triple Value: Fifties 2003
Various Artists
Rajon Entertainment Pty Ltd.
Teddy Boy Generation 2003
Various Artists
Castle Music Ltd.
No Image 2004
Various Artists
Disky
Malt Shop Classics [Columbia River] 2004
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:01
Gold Collection: Rock 'N' Roll Party 2004
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:07
The British Invasion Box 2004
Various Artists
Varèse Sarabande 2:10
Let the Good Times Roll, Vol. 2 2004
Various Artists
Liberty / Capitol 2:10
The Greatest Gold Hits 2004 MCS Records / Master Classics 2:12
John Lennon's Jukebox 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:08
Rock & Roll - The First 50 Years: The '50s 25 Top 10 Hits 2004
Various Artists
Varèse Sarabande 2:11
No Image 2004
Various Artists
Edel Records 2:03
The Rock 'n' Roll Collection [Cadiz] 2004
Various Artists
Pazzazz / Cadiz 2:06
The King of Rock 'n' Roll [Synergy] 2004 SynErgy Entertainment 2:11
Rock N Roll EP Collection, Vol. 2 2004
Various Artists
Magic
Roots of Rock & Roll [St. Clair] 2004
Various Artists
St. Clair / Essential Records 2:07
Golden Era of the 50's [Bonus DVD] 2005
Various Artists
Madacy 2:07
Rock and Roll Jukebox, Vol. 1 2005
Various Artists
Legacy 2:10
Jukebox Goodies 2005
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:07
She's Got It 2005 Pazzazz 2:06
The 50's Decade [St. Clair] 2005
Various Artists
Gold Collection (England) 2:08
Rock 'N Roll Greats [Crimson] 2005
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:09
No Image 2005 Pop Legends
Rock'n Roll Legends 2005
Various Artists
ZYX Music 2:04
Baby Face 2005 Pazzazz 2:06
Architect of Rock and Roll 2005 American Legends 2:00
No Image 2005
Various Artists
Disky
Best of Little Richard [Direct Source] 2005 Direct Source 2:05
Top 20 of Rock 'N' Roll 2005
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:05
Golden Legends: Little Richard Live 2006 Madacy 2:07
Best of Little Richard [Platinum Disc] 2006 Platinum Disc 2:07
The Best of Little Richard: The Vee Jay Years 2006 Metro 2:02
Golden Rockin Hits 2006 CBUJ Distribution 2:07
Tutti Frutti [Magic] 2006 Magic
K-Tel Presents: At the Hop 2006
Various Artists
Brentwood Records 2:06
Rock N Roll of the 50s & 60s 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 2:07
Here's Little Richard/Little Richard 2006 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab 2:11
No Image 2006 CD Horizon
The History of Rock 'N' Roll 2006
Various Artists
Deja Vu
Blowing the Fuse: 30 R&B Classics That Rocked the Jukebox in 1956 2006
Various Artists
Bear Family Records
Heartbreak Hotel [Essential Gold] 2007
Various Artists
Dynamic 2:09
The Essential Blue Archive: He's Got It 2007 SPV Blue Label 2:09
Classics 2007 KRB Music 2:05
30 #1 Hits of the 50s 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:05
101 Jukebox Classics 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:08
The  Roots of Rock 'N' Roll, Vol. 3 2007
Various Artists
Hallmark Recordings 2:08
The R&B Years 1956, Vol. 1 2007
Various Artists
Boulevard / Dream Catcher Records 2:07
The Rock 'N' Roll Explosion: 120 Hits That Rocked the World 2007
Various Artists
Acrobat 2:11
Birth of Rock: 18 Greatest 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:05
Rolling Stones' Jukebox 2007
Various Artists
Chrome Dreams / United States of Distribution 2:10
Rock and Roll of the 50s [Madacy 2007] 2007
Various Artists
Madacy 2:07
50s Rock 'N' Roll Hits 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:05
Little Richard Rocks 2007 Musicpro 2:12
Birth of Rock N Roll 50s 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:05
Starpower 2008 Bell 2:07
Long Tall Sally [LT Series] 2008 Lt Series
1957 British Hit Parade, Pt. 1 2008
Various Artists
Acrobat 2:07
Immortal Soul: Essential Recordings from the Golden Age 2008
Various Artists
Nordstrom
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Delta 2:04
Rock 'N' Roll Legends 2008 Concord 2:10
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Euro Trend / MCP 2:09
Well Worn Grooves: Golden Oldies of the 50's 2008
Various Artists
Golden Stars 2:06
Here's Little Richard [Hallmark] 2008 Hallmark Recordings 2:08
101 Rock 'N' Roll Songs 2008
Various Artists
Virgin 2:08
Eis Am Stiel Very Best Of - Die Schonsten Hits Der Und 60er Jahre! 2008
Various Artists
Edel Entertainment / Edel Records 2:04
The Very Best of Little Richard [Specialty] 2008 Fantasy / Specialty Records / Universal 2:10
Rock & Roll Jukebox [Madacy] 2008
Various Artists
Madacy 2:07
Rock and Roll: 50's and 60's 2008
Various Artists
Madacy 2:07
Music of My Life: Golden Decade, Vol. 18 (1956) 2008
Various Artists
Membran 2:07
Rip It Up: The Hits and More 1951-57 2008 Great Voices of The Century 2:10
50s Jukebox Hits 2009
Various Artists
TIP Records / Dance Street 2:09
Live at the Toronto Peace Festiveal 1969 [Video] 2009 Shout! Factory
No Image 2009 Cleopatra
The Roots of the Beatles 2009
Various Artists
Complete Roots / Snapper 2:01
Lucille [Performance] 2009 Performance 2:08
Oldies But Goodies [Madacy] 2009
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:07
Ready Teddy 2009 Snapper / Snapper Music 2:09
Rips It Up: The Hits, Early Recordings & More 2009 Golden Stars 2:09
100 Hits of the 50s [Tring]
Various Artists
Tring 2:03
25 Rock 'N' Roll Hits, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Tring 2:05
No Image LM
No Image Grudge
No Image
Various Artists
Incredible Collections
Various Artists
Rhino
No Image Phantom
Triple Value Rock & Roll
Various Artists
Rajon Entertainment Pty Ltd.
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