Little Richard

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Lucille (Little Richard song)

Released on Specialty Records in February 1957, Little Richard's single made number 21 on the US pop chart, and number 10 on the UK chart. It was composed by Albert Collins and Little Richard.

As a rock standard, it has been covered live and/or recorded by thousands of artists including AC/DC, Status Quo, Wings, The Beatles, The Hollies, The Animals, Paul McCartney, Van Halen, Johnny Winter, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Peter & Gordon, Queen, Deep Purple, the Ian Gillan Band, The Everly Brothers, Waylon Jennings, Bill Haley & His Comets, Otis Redding, John Entwistle of The Who, and the Detroit band The Rockets.

The song is ranked 670th on Dave Marsh's list of The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made.

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The Fabulous Little Richard

The Fabulous Little Richard was the third album from Little Richard, and the end of his Rock 'n' Roll period. Released seventeen months after he had left the Specialty Records label, Richard had returned to religion and turned his back on the music that made him famous. Though he would briefly rescind that decision in 1960, and sporadically throughout his career, this album marked the end of his peak period. In order to make the record more accessible to listeners, over half of the tracks featured an overdubbed female backing group.

Richard had received a vision of a plane on fire, and took it as a sign from God to leave showbusiness. He recalled that in 1957: There were ten days of the tour left to run, but I would not work any more. Our tickets home were bought on the basis of a two-week tour, but I demanded passage back to the States for the total entourage ten days early. The incredible thing is that the plane we were originally scheduled to return on crashed into the Pacific Ocean. That's when I felt that God really had inspired me to do the things I did at the time. (page 94).

The liner notes of the album observed that Little Richard is at present deeply engrossed in religious activities, thus sacrificing the millions of dollars he could be earning through personal appearances on television, in motion pictures, and in concerts. . The sleeve notes also claimed that the overdubbed tracks were Little Richard's decision, stating that Little Richard has added voices on several of these numbers, bringing him closer to the type of church singing he was brought up on, and to which he is now returning. .

Six months after the release of this album Richard would begin to record Gospel music, a genre he continued in - barring a brief dalliance with the Little Star Records label in 1960 - for the next four years. In April 1963 he entered Sam Cooke's studio to begin recording new tracks for Specialty.

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Little Richard Live

Little Richard Live is Little Richard's first album of new material since 1974, and the first album he'd recorded since 1973. Recorded at the Jack Clement Studio in Nashville, the album featured remakes of twenty of his Specialty Records tracks. Including live takes, this was actually the fifth time that Richard had recorded his classic work, or even the sixth in some instances (Lucille, Good Golly Miss Molly and Rip It Up). Despite the album's title, the tracks are studio recordings, not live performances.

After recording Right Now!, Richard appeared in the film The London Rock and Roll Show and on piano for two tracks on the Bachman Turner Overdrive album Head On. After recording this album for K-Tel, he didn't return to a recording studio until 1979, where he returned to Gospel music for the World label.

According to K-Tel records it is not known whether Richard also played piano on these tracks.

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Little Richard Is Back (And There's a Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On!)

Little Richard Is Back (And There's A Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On!) was Little Richard's seventh original album, and his first rock music album in five years. Having retired from rock and roll and spending three years recording gospel music, Richard was finally enticed back into rock studios via a successful UK tour. During his time away from rock music Richard had cut off his trademark pompadour and can be witnessed on the album cover with significantly shorter hair.

After leaving Specialty Records in 1957 to record gospel music, Richard recorded twenty tracks for the Goldner Records label in September 1959. Although tempted back to record rock and roll with his old band The Upsetters for Little Star Records in 1960, he soon went back to gospel, recording 36 religious tracks for Mercury Records and Atlantic Records from 1961-1963. A successful British tour finally made Richard return to his rock and roll roots, and tracks for singles were cut in 1963/1964 with Specialty, though not enough for an album.

Although the records kept in the Vee-Jay Records vaults aren't terribly accurate (many even disputing whether or not Jimi Hendrix played guitar on 17 tracks as reputed), it's believed that Richard stepped into the recording studios on June 1964 and had a further six sessions until late in 1965, recording forty-six tracks. Over half of these tracks were split between this and the follow-up album, Little Richard's Greatest Hits, yet the company was not able to do any more with the unreleased recordings as financial problems caused them to file for bankruptcy in January 1966.

As a result of Vee-Jay Records's collapse, the archive tracks were gradually released over a period of time, often adding just one unreleased track from the vaults. These four additional albums were released by different labels such as Dynasty Records and Joy (UK) Records, the last one in 1974, nearly ten years after Richard had stopped recording for the label. Where these albums are compilations with no new material they have been included in the discography, but omitted from the album chronology; albums with at least one new track have been placed into the chronology.

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Source : Wikipedia