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Little Red Riding Hood—Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs (Phil Muller, Tom Dempski)         Written by Ronald Blackwell and built around an updated version of Charles Perrault's fairy tale, Li'l Red Riding Hood was the second top-10 hit for the novelty rock group, Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs , reaching No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in August of 1966. Their debut single, Wooly Bully, also made it to No. 2 a year earlier.

The song uses a double entendre to make a larger statement about male-female relationships.  In the song, the lead singer plays the part of the “wolf”, “preying” upon an unsuspecting  girl through lies and deception (as in the fairy tale).  In this version, though, his intentions are entirely honorable.

Born Domingo Samudio, “Sam” took the name Sam the Sham as a joke about his vocal limitations while he was playing with a band called The Nightriders.   He formed the Pharoahs in 1961, inspired by the costumes worn by actor Yul Brynner in the 1956 film The Ten Commandments.  To enhance the theatrics, Sam the Sham wore turbans and Egyptian garb on stage and toured in a 1952 Packard hearse.

Li'l Red Riding Hood has been covered by The Standells (1967), The Meteors (1984), and Bowling for Soup (2004) and Smashing Pumpkins, among many other bands.  The Big Bopper released a different song called "Little Red Riding Hood" in 1958.

Little Red Riding Hood

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