1958Released
3:00

Did You Know?

Interesting facts and trivia about Sweet Little Sixteen. By Songfacts®.

Berry wrote this song when he was on a package tour, and came across a teenaged autograph-seeker who was insistent upon getting the autograph of each headliner on the tour. Said Berry: "She couldn't have seen one act on the show - unless it was mine!"

The Beach Boys used the melody for this song on their 1963 hit "Surfin' U.S.A.." Berry got composing credit on the Beach Boys song in the mid-'70s as a result of a threatened lawsuit.

Peaking at #2, it was Berry's biggest hit until "My Ding-a-Ling" was a surprise #1 hit in 1972.

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Song Analysis

Key, BPM (tempo) and time signature of Sweet Little Sixteen.
C♯Key
MajorMode
4/4Time Signature
175BPM

Album

The album Sweet Little Sixteen is released on.

Released By

The record label that has released Sweet Little Sixteen.
Geffen
© 1957 UMG Recordings, Inc.
℗ 1957 UMG Recordings, Inc.

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