Little Richard first heard the phrase "Good golly, Miss Molly" from a Southern DJ named Jimmy Pennick. He modified the lyrics into the more suggestive "Good golly, Miss Molly/You sure like to ball." Little Richard himself later claimed that he took Ike Turner’s piano introduction from his 1951 influential song ‘Rocket 88’ and used it for ‘Good Golly Miss Molly
I was in my mid-teens when Little Richard burst into song across the Atlantic Ocean. He was so loud, so vibrant, so unpredictable with his stage presence and wild performances that he and Gerry Lee Lewis could have been born birth brothers.
What I always loved about this song was the fact that the subject of the song, Miss Molly, lived and loved to rock and roll. I have always loved dancing and between the ages of 16-21 years, I would go rock and rolling at the dance halls three times every week come rain or shine. In fact, dating, dancing and doing all manner of daring things was my life for the whole of my teenage years.
Love and peace Bill xxx