I’ve owned Little Richard’s greatest hits for quite some time. His biggest hits are well-known, established pop standards. As usual, there is a nice summary of his career on Wikipedia:
Little Richard arrived before my time, and his music is not the type that kids like me would listen to regularly, so there are no personal anecdotes to share. In retrospect, it is a testimony to American ideals that he was allowed to succeed, given the repressive nature of the 1950s.
On the web page entitled “The Religious Affiliation of Rock and Roll Star Little Richard” (http://www.adherents.com/people/pr/Little_Richard.html), Little Richard testified that rock music is demonic:
“My true belief about Rock ‘n’ Roll–and there have been a lot of phrases attributed to me over the years–is this: I believe this kind of music is demonic. … A lot of the beats in music today are taken from voodoo, from the voodoo drums. If you study music in rhythms, like I have, you’ll see that is true. I believe that kind of music is driving people from Christ. It is contagious” (Little Richard, quoted by Charles White, The Life and Times of Little Richard, p. 197).
“I was directed and commanded by another power. The power of darkness … The power that a lot of people don’t believe exists. The power of the Devil. Satan” (Little Richard, quoted in The Life and Times of Little Richard, pp. 205,206).
Although I won’t post it here, there’s an interesting YouTube video of Little Richard performing at Muhammad Ali’s 50th birthday party. In that video his flamboyance is on full display. Here’s a high quality lip-synced performance of “Long Tall Sally”:
Fearless. This is the one your great grandparents were really scared of.
For the collection, I decided to keep the list pretty short, only including the big songs, that can all be found on the great compilation called The Georgia Peach. But I love good alternate versions of big hits, and some can be found on the companion volume to The Georgia Peach, called Shag On Down Do The Union Hall. Once I review that, I will add a few more songs.
Long Tall Sally, Little Richard ✭✭✭
Lucille, Little Richard ✭✭✭
Rip It Up, Little Richard ✭✭✭
Good Golly Miss Molly, Little Richard ✭✭✭
Slippin’ And Slidin’ (Peepin’ And Hidin’), Little Richard ✭✭✭
Tutti Frutti, Little Richard ✭✭
Kansas City/Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!, Little Richard ✭✭
Ooh! My Soul, Little Richard ✭✭
Keep A Knockin’, Little Richard ✭✭
Ready Teddy, Little Richard ✭
Long Tall Sally, The Beatles ✭✭ (Past Masters)
Long Tall Sally, The Beatles ✭✭ (Anthology 1)
Ooh! My Soul, Ritchie Valens (not included)
Kansas City/Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!, The Beatles ✭✭✭ (Anthology 1)
Kansas City/Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!, The Beatles ✭✭ (Beatles For Sale)
Good Golly Miss Molly, Creedence Clearwater Revival ✭✭✭