Little Willy – Sweet | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#3); 1973

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

For much of the 1970’s, England’s Sweet successfully straddled the fence between heavy-chord glam rock and silly bubblegum pop. In doing so, they outlasted many of their contemporaries on either side. In real life, Sweet was an actual group made up of real musicians, however, its on-vinyl work was the result of session players supervised by a crack production/songwriting team. This was status quo in the world of bubblegum, and only the real members of Sweet seemed to mind. The fans certainly didn’t complain: gobbling up the Sweet singles by the score in Britain. If one ignores the #99 American peak of Co-Co in 1971, the Sweet had already racked up six UK chart sides before making an impression stateside. They accomplished that feat with a #4 homeland single from the previous summer, Little Willy. Written by the usual crew of Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman, and produced by Phil Wainman, Willy won over the Top 40 fans, who boosted it to #3 in May of 1973.

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Produced by:

  • Phil Wainman

Lyrics Written by:

  • Nicky Chinn
  • Mike Chapman