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Billy Bland Let the Little Girl Dance

Billy Bland Let the Little Girl Dance

Rhythm & Blues

We all know a wallflower (if we weren’t one ourselves). The song was written by Carl Spencer and Henry Glover. Billy Bland heard Titus Turner recording the song and got his own ideas about how to sing it. It was released as a single in 1960 and it went to #7 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and #11 on the R&B Chart.

Billy Bland was born in Wilmington, North Carolina, in 1932. He was the younger of 19 children. He began singing professionally as a teenager and sang with a group called the Four Bees in the early 1950s. He left to pursue a solo career in 1955. He had charting success also with “Harmony” and “You Were Born to be Loved.” He left the music business in 1963.

Here are the lyrics to “Let the Little Girl Dance” by Billy Bland:

(Little wallflower on the shelf, standing by herself)
(Never had the nerve to take a chance, so let the little girl dance)

Let the little girl dance, let the little girl dance
She never danced before so let her on the floor (so let her on the floor)
Let the little girl dance, let the little girl dance
She wants to give it a try, so let the little girl by (so let the little girl by)

She’s been a little wallflower on the shelf, standing by herself
Now she got the nerve to take a chance, so let the little girl dance

Let the little girl through, she wants to pass by you
Buddy, can’t you see she wants to dance with me (she wants to dance with me)

She’s been a little wallflower on the shelf, standing by herself
Now she got the nerve to take a chance, so let the little girl dance
Let the little girl through, she wants to pass by you
Buddy, can’t you see she wants to dance with me (she wants to dance with me)

(Little wallflower on the shelf, standing by herself)
(Never had the nerve to take a chance)
Let the little girl dance (let the little girl dance)

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3 Comments

  1. Sara Green says:

    I’ve known Billy Bland since the early days of his hit “Let the Little Girl Dance” and kept in touch by stopping by his restaurant on Amsterdam Ave,

    I was first introduced to him by Marv Johnson the rock and roll star. Billy said he had enough of the music business and simply quit. He was
    satisfied with that decision and never regretted it.

    Today, I attended the funeral of Billy Bland and sat among his family and friends. He was a good guy, a great human being who remaine true to himself until the end.

  2. billy bland says:

    i loved his music ……

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