The Valiants - Good Golly Miss Molly
Time for another wild version of a song we all love. The Valiants, a young vocal group from Los Angeles, were discovered by Robert 'Bumps' Blackwell, A&R man for the Specialty label at the time. Blackwell left Specialty shortly after and took The Valiants with him to Keen. They recorded a bunch of tracks in 1957 including Good Golly Miss Molly, which Blackwell had co-written with Little Richard. Although it was recorded after, The Valiants sped up rendition was released before Little Richard's. For The Valiants though, it was just the b-side to a love ballad, This Is The Night, which did make the charts, but not in the top-ten way Little Richard's GGMM did. Tantalisingly, the Bumps Blackwell Band listed on the label is likely to have included some of my favourite session guys from this era, Earl Palmer, Ernie Freeman and Googie Rene.
Labels: cover version, rhythm and blues