One thing to note before reading this interview with British-born, Nashville-based songwriter roger Cook: A "skinful" is a brothers term, essentially meaning "enough alcohol to get you drunk."

But once it concerned writing "Long Cool woman in a black color Dress" through Allan Clarke and also Roger Greenaway, chef was trying to tap into American drinking culture — specifics the ban era.

Clarke go one step further when he took it come his band, The Hollies, who cooked increase a swamp rock record not uneven States-side rockers Creedence Clearwater Revival. 

Cook told the Story Behind the tune to Bart Herbison, executive, management director that Nashville Songwriters combination International.

Bart Herbison: "Saturday night ns went downtown. Early morning FBI."

Roger Cook: "Saturday night, ns was downtown working for the FBI."

BH: "Working for the FBI!"

RC: That"s near enough. 

BH: We would certainly spend more ink 보다 The has on a Sunday edition naming her hits. But I"ve constantly wanted to speak to you around “Long Cool Woman.” to be there ever before a bigger fight in background where civilization don"t understand the words? 

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RC: That is wild, isn"t it? Allan love all that slapback echo ~ above his voice. 

BH: This is the Hollies. 

RC: Yeah. And that"s the reason you can hardly recognize the words. And, the course, the words room a kind of a little English-y. We wrote it in England around the bootlegging days in the "30s in America. … We’d simply gone out and had a skinful ourselves, you know? us came earlier to the office and thought the was funny to compose a song about — What did they contact it as soon as they prohibition drinking? 

BH: Prohibition. 

RC: Prohibition! So, we wrote a song around Prohibition and all the poor people neighboring it. The FBI raiding and this (woman) singing at the bar. (The narrator) doesn"t want her to get in trouble. So he type of conserves her. 

BH: Did girlfriend have any type of idea that its global impact? Roger, it may obtain played an ext today than it did as soon as it was a hit for the Hollies. 

RC: i swear it almost does. It is amazing. 

BH: Did girlfriend have any inkling? walk you also think the band, also though the was part of it, would reduced the song? 

RC: You never think you"re walk to write an elevator song. However now and also again girlfriend do. It"s a combination. ... Yeah, it to be a an excellent song, but it to be a an excellent record. The made such a an excellent record. 

BH: Let"s walk back more to that day. Therefore you go back, you"re composing the song, did it take place quickly? 

RC: I go ago to my office. I get on the piano, and also I begin messing around. And, that riff come …

BH: I never ever knew you wrote it top top the piano. I"m astonished! It"s virtually unbelievable since it"s the pre-eminent, pop-guitar song. 

BH: Wow. Exactly how long until it was out? 

RC: It came out in ~ a an extremely short time. Around five to 6 weeks in those days. 

BH: but even in those days, i get it — you"re tipping a pint and also you gained "Long Cool mrs in a black color Dress."

RC: Yeah. 

BH: The song was pretty much a worldwide hit — eventually. 

RC: Yeah. It wasn"t as huge a struggle in England. It was unanticipated for the Hollies in England. They had actually (hits) with large ballads and so on. And also here comes Allan, and he"s doing his version of ...

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