Little Richard

It was a way out of poverty. It was a way to success. It was a way to education. And it was a way to a brighter day for me.

Little Richard – Long Tall Sally

Little Richard, Tutti Frutti

Little Richard – Lucille / Good Golly, Miss Molly (France, 1966)

Little Richard – Rip It Up (France, 1966)

Little Richard – Long Tall Sally (France, 1966)

Little Richard – Send Me Some Lovin’ (France, 1966)

Little Richard – Ready Teddy (France, 1966)

Little Richard – She’s Got It / Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On (France, 1966)


Little Richard Live! Keep-A-Knockin & All Around The World

Little Richard-Rip it up

Little Richard – Whole lotta shakin’ going on

Little Richard – Great Gosh A’mighty

Little Richard – Jenny

Little Richard – Good Golly Miss Molly

Little Richard- Didn’t it Rain

Little Richard – Part 1 – Dont Knock the Rock

Little Richard – Part 2 – Dont Knock the Rock

Little Richard sings America the Beautiful

Little Richard perfoming Lucille on Motown Live

Sesame Street – Little Richard sings “Rubber duckie”

Tanya Tucker / Little Richard

Little Richard – Slippin’ And Slidin’

Little Richard(The King Of Rock ..N..Roll) – Keep A Knocking

Little Richard live Part 1

Little Richard live Part 2

Little Richard on “The Young and The Restless”

Little Richard “Blueberry Hill” at B.B. Kings 1/15/07

Little Richard @ UT Austin

But I’m a rock ‘n’ roll singer; that’s my livelihood, my occupation.

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Little Richard

Little Richard

“…Richard Wayne Penniman (born December 5, 1932), known by the stage name Little Richard, is an American singer, songwriter, pianist and recording artist, considered key in the transition from rhythm and blues to rock and roll in the 1950s. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame web site entry on Richard states that:

“More than any other performer – save, perhaps, Elvis Presley, Little Richard blew the lid off the Fifties, laying the foundation for rock and roll with his explosive music and charismatic persona. On record, he made spine-tingling rock and roll. His frantically charged piano playing and raspy, shouted vocals on such classics as “Tutti Frutti”, “Long Tall Sally” and “Good Golly, Miss Molly” defined the dynamic sound of rock and roll.”[1]

Richard began his recording career in 1951 by imitating the gospel-influenced style of late-1940s jump blues artist Billy Wright,[2] but did not achieve commercial success until 1955, when, under the guidance of Robert “Bumps” Blackwell, he began recording in a style he had been performing onstage for years,[3] featuring varied rhythm, a heavy backbeat, funky saxophone grooves, over-the-top Gospel-style singing, moans, screams, and other emotive inflections, accompanied by a combination of boogie-woogie and rhythm and blues music. This new music,[4] which included an original injection of funk into the rock and roll beat,[1] inspired James Brown,[5] Elvis Presley,[6] and generations of other rhythm & blues, rock and soul music artists.[7] He was subsequently among the seven initial inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 and was one of only four of these honorees (along with Ray Charles, James Brown, and Fats Domino) to also receive the Rhythm and Blues Foundation’s Pioneer Lifetime Achievement Award.

In October 1957, while at the height of stardom, Penniman abruptly quit rock and roll music and became a born-again Christian.[8] In January 1958, he enrolled in and attended Bible college[9] to become a preacher and evangelist and began recording and performing only gospel music for a number of years. He then moved back and forth from rock and roll to the ministry, until he was able to reconcile the two roles in later life.[10]


Little Richard interview (1986)

Little Richard on Jimi Hendrix

Little Richard talks about Michael Jackson on Joan Rivers Show

LIttle Richard Being Funny

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