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Fabulous Fifties-Little Richard

Celebrating my love for rock and roll’s first decade:

Richard Wayne Penniman was born in 1932 and went by the stage name of Little Richard.  He was an influential singer, piano player, and songwriter whose work in rock and roll’s first decade earned him a forefather status in the new genre.  A charismatic and dynamic showman, Little Richard hammered on his piano keys, combining a distinguishable back beat with gravelly and abrasive vocals.  His list of hits is prolonged, and includes, “Tutti Frutti,” “Long Tall Sally,” “Rip It Up,” “Lucille,” “Keep A-Knockin,” and “Good Golly Miss Molly.” 

Little Richard-Rip It Up

Personally, if I were to recommend one performance that best personifies Little Richard, it would be this television special from the UK in 1964.  Richard gives a mind-blowing performance that at times, leaves his audience in a semi-possessed state.

Little Richard-Live in the UK

Top 5 Little Richard Songs:

5. Lucille

4. Keep A Knockin’

3. Good Golly Miss Molly

2. Long Tall Sally

  1. Rip It Up