Good Morning Little School Girl

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“Good Morning, School Girl”  is a blues standard which has been identified as an influential blues song.  Pre-war Chicago blues vocalist and harmonica pioneer Sonny Boy Williamson first recorded it in 1937.  Subsequently, a variety of artists have recorded versions of the song, usually calling it “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl”.  When the Yardbirds were looking for a song to follow up to their first single, “I Wish You Would”, they chose the song.  The single was released on October 20, 1964, in the UK, where it reached number 49 in the singles chart.  Epic Records, the Yardbirds’ American label, did not issue the single in the US, but in 1965 included the song on their first American album, For Your Love.  (More from Wikipedia)

As with many of the British Invasion bands, the Yardbirds initially played American R&B and blues songs rather than their own compositions.  As reported in Wikipedia, during their days at the Crawdaddy Club:  “They drew their repertoire from the Chicago blues of Howlin’ WolfMuddy WatersBo DiddleySonny Boy Williamson II, and Elmore James, including ‘Smokestack Lightning’, ‘Good Morning Little School Girl’, ‘Boom Boom’, ‘I Wish You Would’, ‘Rollin’ and Tumblin’” and ‘I’m a Man’.”  In fact, Eric Clapton left the Yardbirds in March 1965 as a protest when the band finally got a hit single with a song that did not come from this milieu, “For Your Love” (written by Graham Gouldman, later a member of 10cc). 


(May 2014)


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Like the band’s first record, the Primitives second single for Pye RecordsYou Said” b/w “How Do You Feel” did not chart at all in the U.K.  About the flip side, Bruce Eder notes:  “[A] bluesy cut with a nice, choppy rhythm part, similar to what the Yardbirds did with ‘Here ’Tis’ or Good Morning Little School Girl on-stage, only with better singing.”


(May 2015)


Last edited: March 22, 2021