Top 5 Song To Remember Little Richard
Richard Wayne Penniman is best known by most everybody as Little Richard, one of the originators of Rock N’ Roll Music. Known as The Originator, amongst many other titles, he helped create what we know as rock and roll when he started back in the 1940s and he kept performing his way of doing things until he passed away from cancer on May 9, 2020, at the age of 87. We remember The Originator of Rock And Roll in his best form with these Top 5 Songs to remember Little Richard.
Little Richard Songs – Tutti Frutti
Released in October of 1955 and written by Little Richard and Dorothy LeBostrie, Tutti Frutti was Little Richard’s first big hit. The intro to the song “‘A wop bop alu bop, a wop bam boom” was a vocalization of a drumbeat that Little Richard originally planned to open the song. Original lyrics for the song told a much more gay story but the lyrics were changed to more straight lyrics to not anger 1955 audiences. In 2010 the song was added to the National Recording Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress saying that the song’s “unique vocalizing over the irresistible beat announced a new era in music”
Little Richard Songs – Lucille
Originally released on a 7-inch record single in February of 1957 and was released with “Send Me Some Lovin‘” on its B aside. It was performed by Little Richard himself although he has recorded the song again many times over with his last recording in 19992. The song was released by Speciality Records and ranked on the top of the Billboard R&B charts, and 21 on the U.S. Pop charts and even 10 on the charts in the UK. In 2002 it was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame for its influence on rock and roll.
Good Golly, Miss Molly
Released in January 1958 and Good Golly, Miss Molly was written by John Marascalco and produced by Robert “Bumps” Blackwell. Richard first heard the phrase “Good Golly Miss Molly” from southern radio DJ Jimmy Pennick and as he said he took the piano intro from Ike Turner’s 1951 track “Rocket 88” and used it for this song. “I always liked that record and I used to use the riff in my act, so when we were looking for a lead-in to ‘Good Golly, Miss Molly’, I did that and it fit.”
Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On
Little Richard’s version of this track was first released in 1958 on the “The Fabulous Little Richard” album. It is said that Little Richard stopped doing rock music after seeing a vision after this song’s release that he took a message from God and start recording gospel music. It became a big hit for other artists afterward like Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley and much like a lot of songs from Little Richard, it became part of the foundation of rock music.
Little Richard released this version of the song on a single with “Cherry Hill” on its B side in November of 1964 and it was also a part of the “Little Richard is Back” album. It was originally written by Vincent Rose and released originally by several artists in 1940 like The Glen Miller Orchestra and Gene Autry. It was released by other artists in the following years including Louis Armstrong and Fats Dominio amongst many others. The song was released at a time when artists like Litle Richard were competing against other big names like The Beatles and Motown. The song wasn’t one of his strongest hits but it is still part of his library he played for a long time as he gave rock music to crowds all over the world.