Tuesday, July 24, 2012


I would certainly hope that the man pictured above is well represented in your record collection. I have no clue how in tune to this sort of essential stuff some of you may be. Let's just say this, if you like rock 'n' roll, you have Little Richard to thank. End of story. There were other early rockers, but he was the one who pushed the envelope when it mattered. He made lightweight crooners irrelevant, and kept Elvis on his toes. Radio DJ, bandleader and singer Johnny Otis once said "Little Richard is twice as valid artistically and important historically as Elvis Presley, the Beatles, and the Rolling Stones put together." It would be hard to argue with that, particularly in a historical sense. He was the catalyst that hardened the foundation of rock 'n' roll.

All of the stuff below was on Specialty Records. Stick to that label and you'll have the damn Book of Genesis. There's an excellent box set, The Complete Specialty Sessions (or something like that) that would take a good long time to digest, although it may be out of print (it's pricey, even used). It includes alternate takes, a few of which are posted below. Just hearing the studio chatter from a classic Specialty session is worth hearing. Yeah, you know it is.

A tip of the hat here, in the general direction of DJ and blogger Diddy Wah, a top notch true believer, who's post of an early Specialty 45 started tonight's buffet. I've said it before, bookmark his site. Visit it regularly. Believe.

Little Richard - Rip It Up mp3 at Diddy Wah
Little Richard - Rip It Up (Rehearsal Take 14) mp3
at Electric Adolescence
Little Richard - Long Tall Sally mp3
at One Sweet Song
Little Richard - Slippin' and Slidin' mp3
at Stolen Records
Little Richard - Keep A Knockin' mp3
at The New LoFi
Little Richard - Ready Teddy mp3
at Diddy Wah
Little Richard - The Girl Can't Help It mp3
at Happy Parts
Little Richard - I Got It mp3
at Teenage Kicks
Little Richard - Heebie Jeebies (undubbed) mp3
at Teenage Kicks
Little Richard - Poor Boy Paul mp3
at Teenage Kicks

Little Richard - Long Tall Sally at YouTube
Little Richard - Ready Teddy (from The Girl Can't Help It) at YouTube
Little Richard - Tutti Frutti video at YouTube
Little Richard - Lucille/Good Golly Miss Molly (live, 1966) video at YouTube
Visit:Little Richard at Wikipedia

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