Little Richard

Long Tall Sally

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"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
Greatest Hits [Onyx] 1959 Prime Kutz / Prime Cuts 2:11
No Image 1968 JDC Records / Specialty Records
Rip It Up [Joy] 1973 Chameleon Music Group / Capitol / Chameleon 0:00
No Image 1976 GNP
At the Hop 1978
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:02
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 / Universal 2:10
The Best of 50's Jumpin' Jive 1986
Various Artists
Priority Records
16 Greatest Hits 1987 Bescol
No Image 1989
Various Artists
Rhino
Specialty Profiles: Sam Cooke & the Soul Stirrers 1990 Specialty Records / Universal Classics & Jazz 2:11
The Georgia Peach 1991 Specialty Records 2:08
Good Golly! [Reissue] 1991 Specialty Records / Concord / RSP Records / Universal 2:09
70 Ounces of Gold: Solid Gold 1992
Various Artists
Compose Records 2:04
His Best 1993 Dominion 2:02
Radio Gold, Vol. 2 1994
Various Artists
Ace 2:10
Fabulous 50's, Vol. 4 1994
Various Artists
Dominion / K-Tel Distribution 2:02
Max Weinberg Presents: Let There Be Drums, Vol. 1 1995
Various Artists
Rhino 2:09
Double Gold Hits, Vol. 2 1996
Various Artists
Public Music
Best of Little Richard [1997 Madacy] 1997 Madacy 2:02
3 for 3: Chubby Checker, Little Richard & Fats Domino 1997 St. Clair / 3 for 3
Preacher King of Rock N' Roll 1997 Prism Leisure Corporation (UK) / Prism Platinum 2:10
The Ultimate History of Rock 'N' Roll Collection 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:02
50's Greatest Rock & Roll Hits 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:06
The Best of Little Richard [Madacy] 1999 Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:02
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: Greatest Hits 1999
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:11
Hits of the 50's [Legacy] 2000
Various Artists
Legacy 2:09
The Very Best of 2000 Cleopatra 2:08
Casey Kasem: America's Top 10 Through the Years 2000
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 2:10
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
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
Dance Party Classics [Columbia River] 2001
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:03
Rock N Roll Classics [Columbia River] 2001
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:03
Say It Loud! A Celebration of Black Music in America [Box Set] 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 2:09
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
16 Hits: 50's Rock n' Roll 2001
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy
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 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 2:05
Keep a Knockin': The Best of Little Richard 2002 Repertoire 2:09
Rock and Roll Generation, Vol. 2 2003
Various Artists
Compendia Music Group / Intersound 2:04
Malt Shop Classics [North Quest] 2003
Various Artists
Northquest 2:01
Hall of Fame 2003 Laserlight / Delta Distribution 2:08
Tutti Frutti [Dynamic] 2003 Dynamic 2:02
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
Roots of Rock & Roll [St. Clair] 2004
Various Artists
St. Clair / Essential Records 2:07
Top 20 of Rock 'N' Roll 2005
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:05
Specialty Profiles 2006 Fantasy / Specialty Records 2:12
The Cosimo Matassa Story 2007
Various Artists
Proper Box / Proper Records 0:00
The Very Best of Little Richard [Specialty] 2008 Fantasy / Specialty Records / Universal 2:10
Dreamboats and Petticoats, Vol. 2 2008
Various Artists
Universal Records 2:09
The Ultimate Oldies But Goodies Collection: Teen Beat 2008
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:10
50s Jukebox Hits 2009
Various Artists
TIP Records / Dance Street 2:09
The Roots of Led Zeppelin 2009
Various Artists
The Great American Music Company 0:00
The Roots of Paul McCartney 2009
Various Artists
Snapper 2:03
The Rock 'n Roll [Box Set] 2009
Various Artists
Music & Melody 2:07
Golden Oldies Forever: Best of the Best 2009
Various Artists
Luxury Multimedia 2:10
Shake, Rattle And Roll: R&B's Greatest Hits 1953-1958 2009
Various Artists
Jasmine Records 2:10
Greatest Ever! Rock 'N' Roll Legends: The Definitive Collection 2010
Various Artists
Greatest Ever 2:03
60 Bar-B-Que Sizzlers 2010
Various Artists
Big 3 / Proper Records / Proper UK 2:08
The Ultimate Oldies But Goodies Collection 2010
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 0:00
Keith Richards' Jukebox 2011
Various Artists
Chrome Dreams 2:10
Rocks 2011 Bear Family Records 2:09
The Very Best of Little Richard [One Day] 2011 One Day Music 2:10
Britain's Greatest Hits 1957 2013
Various Artists
Fabulous 2:09
The R&B No. 1s of the '50s 2013
Various Artists
Acrobat Music 2:09
The Essential Little Richard 2015 Specialty Records 2:09
Greatest Hits [10Ten Media] 2016 10Ten Media / Zebralution
Greatest Hits Collection 2018 Classic World / Classic World Productions, Inc. 2:04
No Image
Various Artists
ZYX Music 2:03
America's Greatest Hits, Vol. 7: 1956
Various Artists
Acrobat Music 2:09
Collection 1951-62 Acrobat Licensing / Acrobat Music 2:09
No Image Grudge
Horst Fascher Präsentiert: 50 Jahre Beatles In Hamburg
Various Artists
2:03
Rock 'n' Roll USA, Vol. 1: 1954-1959
Various Artists
Acrobat Music 2:09
The Greatest R&B Hits of 1956, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Acrobat Music 2:09