Let the Goodtimes Roll as Performed by Shirley & Lee (1956)

Shirley & Lee – Let the Good Times Roll (1956)

From 1952 to 1963, billed as “The Sweethearts of the Blues”, Shirley Goodman and Leonard Lee enjoyed much National success on the music charts as a New Orleans singing duo. Ironically they didn’t really sing conventional duets in harmony — but they each alternately sang lines and/or verses — Shirley in her high pitched, wavering way and Leonard in his deep smooth soulful sound.

Going #20 on the Pop Singles Charts and #1 on the R&B Singles Chart. “Let the Good Times Roll” was, to quote Bryan Thomas of All Music,

“the biggest hit in their careers. Goodman and Lee borrowed one of New Orleans’ most familiar refrains and built a rocking tune around it called “Let the Good Times Roll.” The recording was an instant smash and received substantial airplay, climbing up the charts in the process. It sold well-over one million copies and for more than 40 years has been a staple of oldies play lists. To date, there are over a hundred cover versions of the song, but most still prefer the original.” (Source)

The song became the first million-seller for Aladdin Records.

A concise career biography of the group can be found here.

Let the Good Times Roll Composed by Shirley Goodman and Leonard Lee

Come on baby let the good times roll
Come on baby let me thrill your soul..
Come on baby let the good times roll..
Roll all night long…

Come on baby yes this is this…
This is the something I just can’t miss..
Come on baby let the good times roll..
Roll all night long…

Come on baby while the thrill is on..
Come on baby lets have some fun..
Come on baby let the good times roll..
Roll all night long…

Come on baby just close the door..
Come on baby lets rock some more…
Come on baby let the good times roll..
Roll all night long…

Feels so good…
When your home..
Come on baby..
Rock me all night long..

Come on baby let the good times roll
Come on baby let me thrill your soul..
Come on baby let the good times roll..
Roll all night long…

Feels so good…
When your home..
Come on baby..
Rock me all night long..

Come on baby let the good times roll
Come on baby let me thrill your soul..
Come on baby let the good times roll..
Roll all night long..
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Well I suppose I can see why some radio jocks refused to play the song insisting that the lyrics were “indecent” (LOL) and yet don’t they seem tame compared to the trash that is out today?

What do YOU think? I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks for stopping by.

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  1. oh y im singing with lyrics hehe
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  2. […] This original upbeat classic, written and performed by Shirley & Lee in 1956, can be heard at OSML for those of you not familiar with the original. And this is Clinton’s cover featuring The […]


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