THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
521-Little Richard-Good Golly, Miss Molly.
1958-Number 8 single.
Best Bit-At 0.17. Little Richard first heard the phrase ‘Good Golly, Miss Molly’ when it was spoken by an American Disc Jockey, by the name of Jimmy Pennick.
Little Richard was born Richard Wayne Penniman on December 5th, 1932, in Macon, Georgia, United States, he died on May 9th, 2020, at the age of 87 from a cause related to bone cancer. He is considered one of the most influential figures in popular music, and not just in the development of Rock ‘N Roll, but also in the genres of Soul, Funk, and Rock music. Richard is cited as one of the first black artists to reach audiences of all races, at a time when black and white segregation was still the normal thing, Little Richard’s music, and stage presence helped greatly to break down the barriers.
Little Richard was born in to a deeply religious family, and in 1970 he was ordained a minister, preaching about the Bible’s black characters, and trying to unite the races through God’s love. Richard was bi-sexual, and struggled with the Bible’s teachings, and his own sexuality, throughout his life.
‘Good Golly, Miss Molly’ was co-written by John Marascalco,and Robert Blackwell (1918-1985) who also produced the song. The pair were also responsible for other Little Richard hits including ‘Ready Teddy,’ and ‘Rip It Up.’ Like many a good ‘Rock ‘N Roll’ song ‘Good Golly, Miss Molly’ contains lots of sexual innuendo, for example ‘sure like to ball’ was a euphemism for oral sex, and ‘rockin’ and a rollin,’ also refers to a sexual act. Little Richard has admitted that the songs intro is more or less a.direct lift from the 1951 song ‘Rocket 88,’ by Ike Turner, and Jackie Brenston, Richard said,’I always liked that record, and I used to use the riff in my act, so when we were looking for a lead-in to ‘Good Golly Miss Molly,’ I did that and it fit.’
‘I am going to the corner, gonna but a diamond ring, when she hugs me, and kiss me ting-a-ling-a-ling.’