Little Willy

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Sweet's first major American hit single, "Little Willy" trails more playground innuendo than most people could fit into an entire album, let alone a three-minute pop song. It is, naturally, utterly irresistible, a chanting, stomping ode to -- well, that's best left to the imagination -- its wild, singalong chorus as infectious as any of the band's earlier releases, but, like "Poppa Joe," laying over an arrangement which is moving closer and closer to Sweet's own sound. Indeed, although the group itself was once again not required to play on the record, this would be the last time that happened, a pledge that the distinctly Andy Scott-styled guitar line makes plain. Sweet, incidentally, hated the song. Nicky Chinn recalled: "Michael and I were definitely autocratic with our bands, and I became aware of that when we were told [by Sweet] that "Little Willy" was a piece of rubbish and had no right to be released. It wasn't exactly a symphony, of course, but...it was a hit, and we told them it was going to be released whatever they thought of it."

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Funny How Sweet Co-Co Can Be 1971 BMG / Sony BMG 3:15
The Sweet's Biggest Hits 1972 RCA
The Sweet 1973 Razor & Tie 3:13
Sounds of the Seventies: Seventies Top Forty 1992
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:14
The Best of Sweet [Capitol 1993] 1993 Capitol / EMI Records 3:15
Gold 20 Superhits 1993 Ariola
Blockbuster 1994 RCA 3:16
Bubblegum Classics, Vol. 3 1996
Various Artists
Varèse Vintage / Varese 3:15
Rock On: 1973 1996
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:12
The Best of Sweet [Prime Cuts] 1997 St. Clair / Prime Cuts 3:05
Golden Hits [Intercontinental] 1997 Intercontinental Records 3:07
The Best of Sweet [Camden] 1997 RCA Camden 3:16
Rock On: 1970-1974 1997
Various Artists
Madacy 3:12
Sweet Originals: The Best 37 Glamrock Songs Ever 1998 BMG International 3:15
Rock On: From 1970 to 1979 1998
Various Artists
Madacy 3:15
More Fabulous 70's, Vol. 2 1999
Various Artists
A M W Music 3:12
Detroit Rock City 1999
Original Soundtrack
Mercury / Island / mercury 3:10
AM Gold: Pop Treasures 1970-1974 1999
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:16
AM Gold: Radio Hits 70's 1999
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 3:16
Millenium Collection 1999 Digimode Entertainment 3:03
Hits of the '70s [Legacy Entertainment] 2000
Various Artists
Legacy 3:07
Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1973 2000
Various Artists
Buddha Records 3:14
Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1970-1974 2001
Various Artists
Buddha Records 3:14
Greatest Hits 2002 BMG 3:15
The Hit Box, Vol. 2 2002
Various Artists
United Multi Consign 3:08
The Very Best of the Sweet [BMG International] 2004 Paradiso 3:16
Very Best of Sweet [Sony/BMG] 2005 Sony BMG 3:15
Vintage Pop 2005
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:12
Glam Greats: 20 Seventies Stompers 2005
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:14
Blockbuster! The Best of Sweet 2007 Music Club Deluxe 3:16
Action: The Sweet Anthology 2009 Shout! Factory
Ballroom Blitz: The Anthology 2009 Cleopatra 3:12
Sensational Sweet: Chapter One: The Wild Bunch, 1971-1978 2017 RCA 4:39
Are You Ready?: Sweet Live Varèse Sarabande 3:27