|Song by Jan Garber|
|Single by Little Richard|
|from the album Little Richard|
|B-side||"I'll Never Let You Go (Boo Hoo Hoo Hoo)"|
|Studio||J&M Studio, New Orleans, Louisiana|
|Producer(s)||Robert "Bumps" Blackwell|
|Little Richard singles chronology|
An instrumental version of the song was used in the 1933 film Baby Face starring Barbara Stanwyck.
Recorded by many
In 1958, Little Richard peaked at #12 on the R&B chart and #41 on the pop chart with his version of the song. It also reached #2 in the UK in January 1959, becoming Little Richard's highest charting single in Britain.
In 1962, American singer Bobby Darin recorded a version as a single.
In 1967, a refrain was mixed with the Hallelujah chorus in Thoroughly Modern Millie.
In late 1975, disco studio group Wing and a Prayer Fife and Drum Corps recorded a version of the song where it peaked at number two for two weeks on the disco chart. This version also went to #32 on the soul chart, #6 Easy Listening and #14 on the Hot 100 during the winter of 1976. In the UK Singles Chart, it peaked at #12, in February 1976, spending 7 weeks within the Top 50.
On Dec. 31, 1976, bandleader Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians kicked off their New Year's Eve concert (a tradition since 1929), with an instrumental performance of the song on CBS television. The concert was Lombardo's last before his death on Nov. 5, 1977. The Royal Canadians New Year's specials would end on the network in 1978.
A version done by the Muppet Chickens appears on The Muppet Show 2 album. The first singing of it was done with a simple beat in the background, then the rest of the song is sung with more rock-oriented background music.
Other major recordings of the song have been (listed alphabetically) by:
- Beau-Marks 1960
- Billy Vaughan
- Bing Crosby
- Bobby Vee 1961
- Brenda Lee 1959
- Brian Hyland 1960
- Dave Edmunds 1999
- Eddie Cantor
- Elis Regina
- Jack Smith 1948
- James Booker
- Jo Ann Castle 1964
- Julie Andrews 1967
- Marie Osmond
- Mitch Miller
- Roberta Sherwood 1957 & 1963
- Sal Mineo 1958
- The Crew-Cuts 1960
- The Muppets 1978
- The Revelers
- Tiny Hill
- Tiny Tim 1987
- Vampire Rodents
- Vikki Carr 1965
- Whispering Jack Smith 1926
In popular culture
In 1976, the Brady family performed the song for the opening number for the pilot episode of The Brady Bunch Variety Hour.
- Gilliland, John (October 19, 2020). "Pop Chronicles 1940s Program #13". UNT Digital Library.
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 356.
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 282.
- Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 260.
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 632.
- "Guy Lombardo's Final New Year's Eve. Appearance - New Year's Eve. 1976-1977 - YouTube". www.youtube.com.
- Luvs Babypants, YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7HVK-pjWsw