"Lil' Red Riding Hood" - Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs Edit
"You're everything a big bad wolf could want"... Edit
The song "Lil' Red Riding Hood" by Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs was written and released in 1966. "Lil' Red Riding Hood" was very popular, selling over 1 million copies. It became a top 10 hit, and in August of 1966 reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was also featured in a number of films, TV shows, and commercials, including Grimm [episode], Striking Distance [movie], and a Volvo commercial.
Sam The Sham (Domingo Samudio), a Texas-born rock and roll singer who was popular in the mid 1960's, sang as the front man of The Pharaohs at the time of release of "Lil' Red Riding Hood". After the successful release of "Lil' Red Riding Hood", Sam The Sham transitioned between several bands and ultimately retired from the music business, and now works as a poet and motivational speaker. In 2016 he was included in the Memphis Music Hall of Fame.
"Lil' Red Riding Hood" features lyrics inspired by Charles Perrault's folktale "Little Red Riding Hood". Such lyrics include "what big eyes you have, the kind of eyes that drive wolves mad" [lyrics]. These lyrics, and many others throughout the song, closely resemble the structure and content of the text from the folktale, such as the line "'Grandmother, what big eyes you have!' 'The better to see you with, my child'" [folktale]. The story within the song "Lil' Red Riding Hood" is told from the perspective of a man, who much like the wolf in "Little Red Riding Hood," does not have good intentions toward the woman he is pursuing. The story varies from the original folktale in the way that instead of the wolf deceiving the young girl by posing as her grandmother, the "wolf" in the song is attempting to win the girl's favor and trust by wearing a "sheep suit". He says "I'm gonna keep my sheep suit on, until I'm sure that you've been shown that I can be trusted walking alone with you" [lyrics]. "Lil' Red Riding Hood" takes the message present in the folktale about the dangers of young girls talking to strangers, and puts it into a more realistic setting.
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"Little Red Riding Hood" 
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