Little Sister

Jeannie sister

For today’s Thursday Inspiration, one of the themes is sisters, which is from the song “Red House” by Jimi Hendrix. In that song, the narrator appears to have been “ghosted” by his girlfriend, for she changes the locks and his key no longer works. He decides to visit her sister instead, from whom he hopes to get some love.

In the above pic, we have Jeannie guarding her master Major Nelson from whatever evil plot her sister is cooking up. Barbara Eden plays both sisters and Larry Hagman (RIP) plays Nelson. When Jeannie wears her pink outfit, she is the good and loving sister, though she often innocently gets Nelson into trouble regardless. When she wears her green sister costume, you know big drama is coming.

I Dream of Jeannie was one of my favorite TV shows for a long time, but when I began to watch it again in my 50s I didn’t like it at all. (Same thing happened with That Girl, Match Game, etc.) On the rewatch, the jokes all seemed super dumb, except when Paul Lynde (RIP) costarred, and so many eps were constructed around the sexist idea that a beautiful woman who could do anything only ever thought about snagging some dude to marry. That Girl was also horribly sexist, even for the time, and Match Game was just a bunch of drunk idiots. Bleh.

What was I talking about again? Oh yeah, the sister theme. Elvis has a fun song about a guy who is pleading with a girl not to jilt him “like your big sister done.” “Little Sister” was written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, performed by Elvis Presley, and released in 1961 (a very good year!). It hit No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. Enjoy!

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15 responses to “Little Sister

  1. Yeah, some of those old shows are really BAD! I had forgotten about the “Bad Jeannie Sister”😂
    I didn’t know Elvis originally did this song. I’ve heard Robert Plant sing it. I’m extremely biased, I like Plant’s version better.😂

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  2. For the best version of this song, try Ry Cooder on his album Bop Till You Drop. I much prefer it to this!

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  3. I’ve always found Little Sister kind of creepy. “Oh, she dumped me. I’ll try to go out with her sister, they have some DNA in common.” To be honest, if I was the little sister, I would be worried Elvis was trying to get back at, or get back with, the elder sister.

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  4. The green Genie looks to be a bit shorter and maybe that is how they sold her as being the little sister, but she is probably wearing flats and not heels. I didn’t remember the green Genie or the Elvis song either, but I do like it. I like the Stevie Ray Vaughan song Look at Little Sister much better.

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  5. Do you remember the original Match Game, where you had two teams of three (one of whom was a celebrity captain) and they tried to fill in the blank? That was a better game, I thought.

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  6. I enjoy these posts because all my life I never really paid much attention to the lyrics of any songs, with a few notable exceptions like Bob Dylan etc. I always liked this song, but mainly because I liked the instrumentation on Elvis’s version.
    I think Elvis’s style was so flashy (hip swivel) and his voice so iconic we maybe no longer notice just how good a vocalist he was.

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  7. I remember that show!

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