Little Sister (Pomus/Shuman Song)
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Little Sister Pomus/Shuman Song

"Little Sister" is a rock and roll song written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman.[1] It was originally released as a single in 1961 by American singer Elvis Presley, who enjoyed a No. 5 hit with it on the Billboard Hot 100. The single (as a double A-side with "(Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame") also reached No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart.[3] Lead guitar was played by Hank Garland, with backing vocals by the Jordanaires featuring the distinctive bass voice of Ray Walker.

Presley performs the song as part of a medley with "Get Back" in the 1970 rockumentary film Elvis: That's the Way It Is. The song would later be covered by such artists as Dwight Yoakam, Robert Plant, The Nighthawks, The Staggers, Pearl Jam, and Ry Cooder. Cooder's version was a number-one hit in New Zealand.[4]

The song lyric makes mention of "Jim Dandy" which was the title of a 1956 song "Jim Dandy" by LaVern Baker. An answer song to "Little Sister", with the same melody but different lyrics, was recorded and released under the title "Hey, Memphis" by Baker on Atlantic Records (Atlantic 2119-A) in September 1961.

Chart positions

Elvis Presley

Chart (1961) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 5


Recorded in RCA Studio B, Nashville, Tennessee, June 25, 1961.[6]

Dwight Yoakam version

"Little Sister"
Dwight Yoakam - Little Sister.jpg
Single by Dwight Yoakam
from the album Hillbilly Deluxe
"This Drinkin' Will Kill Me"
Released February 1987
Recorded 1987
Genre Country
Length 3:01
Label Reprise
Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman
Pete Anderson
Dwight Yoakam singles chronology
"It Won't Hurt"
"Little Sister"
"Little Ways"

"It Won't Hurt"
"Little Sister"
"Little Ways"
Music video
"Little Sister" on YouTube
Chart (1987) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 7
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 3
RIANZ charts 35[8]

Music video

The music video for Dwight Yoakam's 1987 version of "Little Sister" was directed by Sherman Halsey.


Christian parody band ApologetiX recorded a parody of the song, called "Little Esther", for their 1993 debut album Isn't Wasn't Ain't.


  1. ^ a b c d Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 62. ISBN 0-85112-250-7. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 130-1. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ "Ry Cooder - Little Sister (song)". Retrieved 2018. 
  5. ^ "Elvis Presley Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  6. ^ Jorgensen, Ernst, Elvis Presley: A Life in Music, The Complete Recording sessions, St. Martin's Press, New York, 1998 pp157-159
  7. ^ "Dwight Yoakam Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  8. ^ "New Zealand charts portal". Hung Medien. Archived from the original on January 18, 2012. Retrieved 2011. 

External links

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