4Ever Songs: The Hollies “Long Cool Woman”

Long known for their cheery pop-rock songs and three-part vocal harmonies, The Hollies were in a jam in July 1971. They needed another song to finish their next album.

Lead singer and guitarist Allan Clarke suggested “Long Cool Woman (in a Black Dress),” a rockabilly-noir he had co-written weeks earlier with lyricist Roger Cook about an F.B.I. agent, a raid and a woman who catches his eye.


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