Roland Ayers, Long Tall Sally

Ink on paper
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Gift of Sheila Whitelaw, 2021
10 1/4 x 8 1/4 in.

A song about an extramarital affair, Long Tall Sally was written by Robert “Bumps” Blackwell, Enotris Johnson, and Little Richard. Little Richard was the first to perform it, in 1956, and the single reached number one on the Billboard rhythm and blues chart, staying at the top for six weeks. The song became a rock and roll standard covered by many artists, including Elvis Presley and the Beatles.

Long Tall Sally

Gonna tell Aunt Mary ’bout Uncle John
He claim he has the misery but he's havin’ a lot of fun
Oh, baby, yes, baby, woo, baby
Havin’ me some fun tonight, yeah

Well long, tall Sally
She’s built for speed, she got
Everything that Uncle John need, oh, baby
Yeah, baby, woo, baby
Havin’ me some fun tonight, yeah


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