The Fabulous Little Richard
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The Fabulous Little Richard was the third album from Little Richard, and the tip of his rock and roll interval. Launched seventeen months after he had left the Specialty Data label, Richard had returned to faith and turned his again on the music that made him well-known. Although he would briefly rescind that call in 1962, and sporadically all through his profession, this album marked the tip of his peak interval. With a purpose to make the file extra accessible to listeners, over half of the tracks featured an overdubbed feminine backing group. The file was put collectively together with out-takes and different leftover studio tracks, which noticed Richard in a considerably extra mellow styling.[4]

It was primarily drawn from his first and final classes. In 1959, Sonny Bono was given the duty of overdubbing the tracks – he ostensibly used The Stewart Sisters , a “bubble gum” group , to make the early blues ballads extra business .

It was voted quantity 483 within the third version of Colin Larkin’s All Time Prime 1000 Albums (2000).[5]

Historical past

Richard had acquired a imaginative and prescient of a airplane on fireplace, and took it as an indication from God to depart showbusiness. He recalled that in 1957: “There have been ten days of the tour left to run, however I’d not work any extra. Our tickets house had been purchased on the idea of a two-week tour, however I demanded passage again to the States for the full entourage ten days early. The unimaginable factor is that the airplane we had been initially scheduled to return on crashed into the Pacific Ocean. That is after I felt that God actually had impressed me to do the issues I did on the time.”[6]

The liner notes of the album noticed that Little Richard “is at current deeply engrossed in non secular actions, thus sacrificing the thousands and thousands of {dollars} he could possibly be incomes by way of private appearances on tv, in movement footage, and in concert events.”[7] The sleeve notes additionally claimed that the overdubbed tracks had been Little Richard’s choice, stating that “Little Richard has added voices on a number of of those numbers, bringing him nearer to the kind of church singing he was introduced up on, and to which he’s now returning.”[7]

The observe “Kansas Metropolis” would additionally characteristic lyrics from his personal “Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey”, one thing which The Beatles needed to credit score on album pressings after masking it for Beatles for Sale and never realising the addition. This hit model by Richard was initially credited solely to Leiber and Stoller, though the lyrics are utterly completely different.

Six months after the discharge of this album, Richard would start to file gospel music, a style he continued in — barring a quick dalliance with the Little Star Data label in 1962 — for the following 4 years. In April 1963 he entered Sam Cooke’s studio to start recording new tracks for Specialty. The official return to Specialty got here in March 1964, and included a Cooke tune tried out in 1963.

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All tracks composed by Richard Penniman; besides the place indicated

  1. “Shake a Hand” (Joe Morris) *
  2. “Rooster Little Child” *
  3. “All Evening Lengthy”
  4. “The Most I Can Provide (Simply My Coronary heart)” *
  5. “Lonesome and Blue”
  6. “Wonderin'” *
  7. “She Is aware of Rock” (Willie L. Perryman)
  8. “Kansas Metropolis” (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) *
  9. “Immediately From My Coronary heart” *
  10. “Perhaps I am Proper” *
  11. “Early One Morning”
  12. “I am Only a Lonely Man” (Dorothy LaBostrie) *
  13. “Complete Lotta Shakin’ Going On” (Dave Williams, Sunny David)

[*] = Overdubbed observe by The Stewart Sisters, a feminine vocal group


  • Little Richard – vocals, piano
  • Lee Allen – tenor saxophone
  • Alvin “Pink” Tyler – baritone saxophone
  • Frank Fields – bass
  • Earl Palmer – drums
  • Edgar Blanchard – guitar
  • Charles Connor – drums
  • The Stewart Sisters – overdubbed woman group

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