Monday, July 14, 2014

Long Tall Sally

"Long Tall Sally" is a Beatles cover released in the UK on June 19, 1964 on EP disc (extended play), which remained number one on the charts for seven weeks.  The song was composed by Enotris Johnson, Richard Penniman (Little Richard), and Robert Blackwell.  It was sung and originally made famous by Little Richard, although most music fans recognize the Beatles' cover as the quintessential version.

This song was a favorite of Paul McCartney, who rendered the song in his classic blues shouting style.  He sang the song during his first public performance at a holiday camp at age fifteen.  The song was part of the Beatles' repertoire for many years, from their days in Hamburg to their final tour dates in 1966.  It was performed in 1964 at the Washington Coliseum and at Carnegie Hall during the Beatles' first visit to the United States.  It was also performed during the Beatles' 1964 North American tour, the Beatles' Christmas shows in 1964, and the Beatles' European tour in 1965. 

"Long Tall Sally" was the last song performed at the Beatles' final concert appearance, which was held at San Francisco's Candlestick Park on August 29, 1966.  McCartney later performed the song at the Prince's Trust Concert in 1986, accompanied by many other rock stars.  He currently sings the song occasionally on his solo tours, including his Out There Tour.

"Long Tall Sally" was first recorded in New Orleans by Little Richard, who titled the track "The Thing."  he recorded it a second time and released it as a single on March 12, 1956 using the title of "Long Tall Sally."  It was a hit both in the UK and the United States.

The Beatles recorded the song on March 1, 1964 at Abbey Road Studios, and it was included on the Capital release The Beatles' Second Album, issued only in the United States.  The recording session was unusual in that only one take was needed, perhaps because the Beatles had played the song so many times over the years leading up the Beatlemania and their rise to stardom.  It was later included in The Beatles Past Masters: Volume One since it had never been issued on any of the original Beatles' Parlophone LPs.

McCartney handles the lead vocal and plays bass.  Lennon plays rhythm guitar, Harrison lead, and Starr drums.


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