"Little Sister" is a rock and roll song written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman. It was originally released as a single in 1961 by American singer Elvis Presley, who turned it into a #5 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. The single (as a double A-side with "(Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame") reached #1 in the UK. An answer song with the same melody, but different lyrics was recorded and released under the title "Hey, Memphis" by Lavern Baker on Atlantic Records (Atlantic 2119-A) in September 1961. In 1970 Elvis Presley performs this song as part of a medley with Get Back in the rockumentary film That's the Way It Is.

The song would later be covered by artists such as Dwight YoakamRobert PlantThe Nighthawks, The Staggers, Pearl JamRy Cooder and Jesse and the Rippers. Yoakam's version was a #7 hit on the Billboard country singles charts in 1987.

Chart positions[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Elvis Presley[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Chart (1961) Peak


U.S. Billboard Hot 100 5

Dwight Yoakam version[edit source | editbeta]Edit

"Little Sister"
Single by Dwight Yoakam
from the album Hillbilly Deluxe
Released February 1987
Recorded 1987
Genre Country
Length 3:01
Label Reprise
Producer Pete Anderson
Dwight Yoakam singles chronology
"It Won't Hurt"


"Little Sister"


"Little Ways"


Chart (1987) Peak


U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 7
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 3
RIANZ charts 35[2]

Music Video[edit source | editbeta]Edit

The Music Video for Dwight Yoakam's version of "Little Sister" was directed by Sherman Halsey.

Parody[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Christian parody band ApologetiX did a parody of the song called "Little Esther" for their debut album Isn't Wasn't Ain't.

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