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Old 05-11-2020, 10:36 PM
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A question about Long Tall Sally


Do you think she was built pretty sweet or built for speed?
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Old 05-11-2020, 11:09 PM
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That's not an either/or question. However, I would say Little Richard knew her better than the the Beatles, so I'll say speed.

Now comfort vs speed, that's an either/or questions.

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Old 05-12-2020, 12:35 PM
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Long Tall Sally is definitely "built for speed."

You're So Vain is about Mick Jagger. (Hey Mick, wouldn't it be fun if you sang backup?)

And...Dottie dropped the ball on purpose.
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Just thinking about it gives me the misery.
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Just thinking about it gives me the misery.
If Uncle John didn't have the misery before, he sure will once Aunt Mary finds out.
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I always thought it was “built sweet” but in this video he clearly says “built for speed”.

https://youtu.be/UKaVsBinjEg
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That was a great performance, Lucas. I can't believe how little fanfare his passing received. A true musical legend and one of the pioneers of Rock and Roll. I loved watching him perform.

His interviews were great too. One interviewer commented that he toured with the Beatles, he politely corrected him that, "The Beatles toured with me."

Another time, another interviewer said something about Elvis the King of Rock and Roll, and Little Richard said, "Well, if Elvis is the King of Rock and Roll, I'm the Queen."


Here's another one of my favorites. Keep A Knockin'...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYr7I4gOSXk


Someone in the comments section mentioned the opening drum roll sounding like Led Zeppelin's Rock and Roll. I never noticed that before. Sounds exactly the same to me.
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Someone in the comments section mentioned the opening drum roll sounding like Led Zeppelin's Rock and Roll. I never noticed that before. Sounds exactly the same to me.
Here’s a thread from almost 10 years ago you might find of interest:
https://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb...d.php?t=625891

I agree he was truly a rock and roll pioneer.
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That's not an either/or question. However, I would say Little Richard knew her better than the the Beatles, so I'll say speed.

Now comfort vs speed, that's an either/or questions.
This was a “got it in one” response, but I’ll expand on the OP’s question a bit.

According to Little Richard’s original version, Long Tall Sally was “built for speed” and “got” everything that Uncle John need. The Beatles — presumably not understanding Mr. Penniman’s enunciation — sang the verse as “Long Tall Sally's built pretty sweet.”

Lucas Jackson linked to a fun version by Little Richard. The Beatles’ studio version can’t match it, but here’s a better live version, in which John, Ringo, and Paul all seem to be feeling it. In both videos the white people in the audience are goofy, but slightly less so in the Beatle’s video.
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