Sam The Sham and The Pharaohs - WOOLY BULLY

First performance: 19/09/1982


Coverinfo

Bruce covered the song 15 times:
 
 
 
  • "Light Of Day" includes a verse of "Wooly Bully" 
 
2000-03-10 - NATIONAL CAR RENTAL CENTER, SUNRISE, FL
2000-03-13 - REUNION ARENA, DALLAS, TX 
 
  • At full :
 
1982-09-19 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Cats on a Smooth Surface)
1982-10-03 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Cats on a Smooth Surface)
1983-07-10 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Cats on a Smooth Surface)
1983-07-16 - THE HEADLINER, NEPTUNE, NJ (Midnight Thunder)
1984-08-28 - CAPITAL CENTRE, LARGO, MD
1984-09-20 - PENNSYLVANIA DECADE, PITTSBURGH, PA (Iron City Houserockers)
1984-10-19 - TACOMA DOME, TACOMA, WA
1985-01-24 - PROVIDENCE CIVIC CENTER, PROVIDENCE, RI
1985-03-28 - SYDNEY ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
1987-04-12 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ
1987-12-05 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Cats on a Smooth Surface)
2008-08-30 - THE ROADHOUSE AT THE LAKEFRONT, MILWAUKEE, WI
 

Songinfo

"Wooly Bully" is a popular song originally recorded by novelty rock 'n' roll band Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs in 1965. Based on a standard 12-bar blues progression, it was written by the band's frontman, Domingo "Sam" Samudio. It was released as a single in 1964 and was picked up in 1965 by MGM. The song was recorded at Sam C. Phillips Recording Studio at 639 Madison Avenue in Memphis, the successor to Phillips' original Sun Studio. "Wooly Bully" was the band's first and biggest hit. It became a worldwide success, selling three million copies.  "Wooly Bully" is a reworking of the 1962 tune "Hully Gully Now" on the Dallas-based Gay Shel label by Big Bo & The Arrows (vocal by Little Smitty), which was based on Junior Parker's "Feelin' Good". The song was given the green light after Sam rewrote the lyrics famously replacing "Hully Gully" with "Wooly Bully" and few additional lyrical changes. Sam retained the 'watch it, watch it now" refrain from the original version. The lyrics of "Wooly Bully" were hard to understand, and some radio stations banned the song. The lyrics describe a conversation between "Mattie" and "Hattie" concerning the "Wooly Bully" (a creature which Mattie describes as "a thing she saw [that] had two big horns and a wooly jaw") and the desirability of developing dancing skills, although no attempt is made to synthesize these divergent topics. The warning, "Let's not be L-7", means "Let's not be square", from the shape formed by the fingers making an L on one hand and a 7 on the other. Sam the Sham underscores the Tex-Mex nature of the song by counting out the rhythm in Spanish and English ("Uno! Dos! One, two, tres, cuatro!"), and the characteristic simple organ riffing. According to Sam: "The name of my cat was 'Wooly Bully', so I started from there. The count down part of the song was also not planned. I was just goofing around and counted off in Tex-Mex. It just blew everybody away, and actually, I wanted it taken off the record. We did three takes, all of them different, and they took the first take and released it."
 
 
 

Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist

Lyrics

Uno, dos, one, two, tres, quatro
Matty told Hatty about a thing she saw
Had two big horns and a wooly jaw
Wooly bully, wooly bully
Wooly bully, wooly bully, wooly bully
Hatty told Matty, let's don't take no chance
Let's not be l-seven, come and learn to dance
Wooly bully, wooly bully
Wooly bully, wooly bully, wooly bully
Matty told Hatty, that's the thing to do
Get you someone really to pull the wool with you
Wooly bully, wooly bully
Wooly bully, wooly bully, wooly bully