"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 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, Ry Cooder and Jesse and the Rippers.

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.

Contents 1 Chart positions 1.1 Elvis Presley 1.1.1 Personnel 2 Dwight Yoakam version 2.1 Music video 3 Parody 4 References 5 External links

Chart positionsEdit

Elvis Presley

Chart (1961)



U.S. Billboard Hot 100 5


Recorded in RCA Studio B, Nashville, Tennessee, June 25, 1961.[4] Acoustic guitar, Scotty Moore Electric guitar, Hank Garland Bass, Bob Moore Drums, D. J. Fontana and Buddy Harman Organ, Floyd Cramer Vocals, The Jordanaires

Dwight Yoakam versionEdit

"Little Sister"

Single by Dwight Yoakam

from the album Hillbilly Deluxe

B-side "This Drinkin' Will Kill Me

Released February 1987

Recorded 1987

Genre Country

Length 3:01

Label Reprise

Producer(s) Pete Anderson

Dwight Yoakam singles chronology

"It Won't Hurt"

(1986) "Little Sister"
(1987) "Little Ways"

Chart (1987)



U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 7 Canadian RPM Country Tracks 3 RIANZ charts 35[5]

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.^ Jump up to: 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.Jump up ^ [1][dead link] 3.Jump up ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 130–1. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 4.Jump up ^ Jorgensen, Ernst, Elvis Presley: A Life in Music, The Complete Recording sessions, St. Martin’s Press, New York, 1998 pp157-159 5.Jump up ^ "New Zealand charts portal". Hung Medien. Retrieved March 2, 2011.

External linksEdit

Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

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