Little Richard

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Performer

Inducted in: 1986

Inducted by: Roberta Flack

Nominated in: 1986

First Eligible: 1986 Ceremony


Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 1986 (ranked #31) .


Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
Here's Little Richard (1957)

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
Tutti Frutti (1955)
Long Tall Sally (1956)
The Girl Can't Help It (1956)
Lucille (1957)
Good Golly Miss Molly (1958)

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Rest In Peace Earl Palmer.

Posted by Leon on Saturday, 09.20.08 @ 17:25pm


ARTISTS INDUCTED INTO THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME BY LITTLE RICHARD

01. 1988 The Supremes
02. 1989 Otis Redding
03. 1992 The Isley Brothers

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 02.8.11 @ 09:35am


Little Richard recorded the best version of Goodnight Irene, bar none. Richard's soulful vocals, an early guitar intro by Jimi Hendrix, and the gospel backup vocals make LR's rendition of Goodnight Irene the all-time best.

While Leadbelly may have written the song and made the first recording, his version leaves a lot to be desired. His minimalist guitar playing and draggy vocals turn me off. A song like Goodnight Irene deserves soulful, expressive vocals, and that's exactly what Little Richard did for the song.

Leadbelly is one of those artists whose songs I find are far better when covered by others, but that's a story for another day.

Posted by Zach on Friday, 06.8.12 @ 21:34pm


There is only. 1 Little Richard he is the greatest !
I say he is the Rock of rock an roll .. Maybe even the roll

He is the real thing,,,,,,and much much more!



Posted by Happy on Friday, 06.8.12 @ 22:33pm


IMO Here's Little Richard is the only decent rock 'n' roll lp.

Posted by GFW on Monday, 06.25.12 @ 14:04pm


Hey GFW, did you know about the re-release of Here's Little Richard this past spring?

Posted by Zach on Wednesday, 07.25.12 @ 22:16pm


Can't say I have, though I'd rather get the new reissue of The Velvet Underground & Nico.

Posted by GFW on Thursday, 07.26.12 @ 07:56am


Little Richard is the black Elton John! I say that because of his flamboyant antics on stage and his piano playing skills. Richard was the one who combined the power of gospel with the R&B of New Orleans and put it all on a piano. I admire his super fast ddeliveries and his overjoyed wailing when he is playing. While he had a few hit songs in the 50s, his influcence can still be felt in the music of people like Elton John and THe Beatles.

Posted by Andrew on Wednesday, 10.10.12 @ 20:05pm


I think I'm going to like you a lot, Andrew. You appear to be quite knowledgeable about 1950s music and appreciate the roots of rock 'n' roll. I enjoyed reading your posts on Sam Cooke, Little Richard, and Ray Charles.

Regarding Elton John's influences, let's remember that Jerry Lee Lewis (another dynamo at playing the piano) is also a huge influence on Elton as a child and was the first musician that left an impression on him. John has paid tribute to Lewis by performing Whote Lotta Shakin' Goin' On in concert.

Elton collaborated with Little Richard for the former's 1993 album Duets. They performed The Power together on that album. Anyone who thinks Little Richard can't drop the theatrics and perform serious music should listen to this song. It's beautiful.

Cheers, Andrew! I anticipate future correspondence with you!

Posted by Zach on Wednesday, 10.10.12 @ 20:33pm


Check out Elton John's 1993 album, DUETS. Elton John and Little Richard - The Power. Lyrics by Bernie Taupin, music by Elton John.

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 10.10.12 @ 20:50pm


Thanks for your comment, Zach! Rock and roll is one of my passions and something I enjoy learning about and listening to. When I was growing up, I was never rased on rock and roll as I listened to a lot of Disney music.

When we were traveling somewhere, my dad would pop on The Eagles or Enya. It wasn't until I moved down to Spokane did I begin to listen to music by people like Elton John, Hall & Oates, James Taylor and Billy Joel. Soon, music like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, The Doors and Aerosmith were on my listening list, but I still woundn't touch music by groups like Motorhead, Kiss, Ozzy Osbourn, Van Halen and AD/DC until a year ago when I started branching into heavy metal and now, I've been getting to grunge rock. My taste in music has now become very diverse with blues, folk, jazz, a little bit of rap and reggae.

Lastly, I do feel that rock and roll well continure to live on as there will always be people who love it.

Posted by Andrew on Sunday, 12.16.12 @ 23:40pm


Little Richard has claimed to be "the architect of rock n' roll" and while I would disagree with that claim, it seems that history has been left to bear his boast.

With the exception of Elvis Presley, Little Richard blew the top off the 50s, opening the door for rock and roll with his explosive blend of gospel and New Orleans R&B, pounding on the piano and wailing with gleeful abandon with songs like "Tutti Frutti" which defined the dynamic rock n' roll sound.

On albums, he played foot-stomping rock music and while many R&B moved in the same direction, none could match the power of Little Richard. Onstage, Richard would deliver concerts dressed in mascara, lipstick and a charismatic pompadour that shook his audience.

Although he was a hit maker for a few years, Little Richard's influence upon the soul moment and the British Invasion is vast, and his early hits have stood the test of time and remain classics of the rock repertoire. While he influenced such acts as The Beatles and David Bowie, the performer who he influenced is Elton John because of his prowess on the piano and his flamboyancy

Posted by Andrew on Wednesday, 05.29.13 @ 12:07pm


Little Richard has claimed to be "the architect of rock n' roll" and while I would disagree with that claim, it seems that history has been left to bear his boast.

With the exception of Elvis Presley, Little Richard blew the top off the 50s, opening the door for rock and roll with his explosive blend of gospel and New Orleans R&B, pounding on the piano and wailing with gleeful abandon with songs like "Tutti Frutti" which defined the dynamic rock n' roll sound.

On albums, he played foot-stomping rock music and while many R&B artists moved in the same direction, none could match the power of Little Richard. Onstage, Richard would deliver concerts dressed in mascara, lipstick and a charismatic pompadour that shook his audience.

Although he was a hit maker for a few years, Little Richard's influence upon the soul moment and the British Invasion is vast, and his early hits have stood the test of time and remain classics of the rock repertoire.

While he influenced such acts as The Beatles and David Bowie, the performer who Little Richard influenced is Elton John because of his prowess on the piano and his flamboyancy.

Posted by Andrew on Monday, 06.3.13 @ 21:09pm


Little Richard has claimed to be "the architect of rock n' roll," and while I would disagree with that claim, it seems that history has been left to bear out his boast.

More than any other rock performer with the expectation of Elvis Presley, Little Richard blew the top off the 50s, helping to lay the foundation for rock n' roll with his explosive music and charismatic stage persona.

Merging the fire of gospel with New Orleans R&B, pounding on the piano and wailing with gleeful abandon on records, he made spine-tingling, foot-stomping rock and roll. His frantically charged, bullet-speed piano playing and raspy vocals on such classic songs like "Tutti Frutti," and "Long Tall Sally" define the dynamic rock and roll sound and was crucial in upping the energy from high powered R&B into a similar, yet different, form of rock n' roll.

While many other R&B artists have moved into a similar direction, none could match the sheer electricity of Richard's vocals. On stage, he would deliver wild, piano-hammering shows while clad in vests, mascara, lipstick, and a hairdo that shook with every thundering beat. James Brown has credited Richard's road band, The Upsetters as the first group to put funk in the rock and roll sound.

In an interview, Little Richard gave an explanation for the birth of rock and roll: "I would have to say boogie-woogie and rhythm and blues mixed together is rock n' roll." His frenzied approach to music was fueled by an outrageous personality.

From 1955 to 1957, Richard laid down a stunning succession of hits like "Rip It Up," "Lucille," and "Keep a Knockin'." The bubble popped in late 1957 when Little Richard chose to give up rock and roll and became a preacher. However, he was lured back by The British Invasion, regaining his popularity as a performer and a living embodiment of rock's roots in the 50s.

He has launched successful comebacks in every decade since and remains an active performer and icon even today at the age of 81.

Probably the thing that I like the most about Little Richard is his energy and charisma and although he was only a hit maker for a couple of years, his influence on the soul and British Invasion musicians of the 60s is vast, and his early hits remain classics of the rock repertoire.

Not only has Little Richardís music had a strong influence on artists like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, but also on artists like David Bowie and Elton John. One could even say that Little Richard was the first glam rock artist.

Posted by Andrew on Saturday, 03.1.14 @ 23:02pm


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