ON THIS DATE (40 YEARS AGO)
May 17, 1972 – The Hollies: “Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress)” b/w “Look What We’ve Got” (Epic 5-10871) 45 single is released in the US.
“Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress” (also called “Long Cool Woman” or “Long Cool Woman (in a Black Dress)” is a song written by Allan Clarke, Roger Cook, and Roger Greenaway and performed by the British pop group The Hollies. Originally appearing on the album Distant Light, it was released as a single in April 1972 (on Parlophone in the United Kingdom), selling 1.5 million copies in the United States and 2 million worldwide.
On the day “Long Cool Woman” was recorded at AIR Studios, the group’s producer, Ron Richards, was ill and, as a result, the song was produced by the group. The song is different from most Hollies’ songs in that there are no three-part vocal harmonies, and the song features lead guitar and lead vocal work by Allan Clarke. Upon his return, Ron Richards mixed the recording.
According to Clarke, the song was written “in about five minutes”. When the song made its mark in America, Clarke had already left the band; but Clarke feels that “it wasn’t unfortunate”, since he had written the song.