0014. Little Richard – Here’s Little Richard [1957]

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Wow, apparently a lot of albums that came out in 1957 are particularly worth listening to.  Any of you notice how many albums on this list so far came out in ’57?  Anyway, yeah, this album is fuckin’ fantastic.  I think this guy should’ve been enjoying the success that Elvis enjoyed, instead of Elvis.  Specifically because of the difference between Little Richard’s version of “Tutti Frutti,” and Elvis’.  I don’t even think Elvis was all that talented or interesting, but maybe I just need to listen to more of his stuff.  I really don’t know that much about him.

 

However, if you’re an Elvis fan (and you’re not racist), I think you’ll enjoy this album a lot.  I certainly did.  It’s got a lot of that similar flavor, but with a much better voice.  Anyway, here’s what Wikipedia says about this album:

Wikipedia Says:

Here’s Little Richard is the debut album from Little Richard, released on March 1957. He had scored six Top 40 hits the previous year, some of which were included on this recording. It was his highest charting album, at 13 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart. In 2003, the album was ranked number 50 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. It is included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. The album contained two of Richard’s biggest hits, “Long Tall Sally”, which reached #6 in the U.S. Pop charts, and “Jenny, Jenny”, which reached #10 in the U.S. Pop charts.

Track listing

  1. “Tutti Frutti” (Richard Penniman, Dorothy LaBostrie, Joe Lubin) – 2:25
  2. “True Fine Mama” (Penniman) – 2:43
  3. “Can’t Believe You Wanna Leave” (Lloyd Price) – 2:28
  4. “Ready Teddy” (Robert Blackwell, John Marascalco) – 2:09
  5. “Baby” (Penniman) – 2:06
  6. “Slippin’ and Slidin’ (Peepin’ and Hidin’)” (Penniman, Eddie Bocage, Al Collins, James Smith) – 2:42
  7. “Long Tall Sally” (Enotris Johnson, Blackwell, Penniman) – 2:10
  8. “Miss Ann” (Penniman, Johnson) – 2:17
  9. “Oh Why?” (Winfield Scott) – 2:09
  10. “Rip It Up” (Blackwell, Marascalco) – 2:23
  11. “Jenny, Jenny” (Johnson, Penniman) – 2:04
  12. “She’s Got It” (Marascalco, Penniman) – 2:26

2012 bonus tracks

  1. “Baby (Demo)” (Penniman) – 4:22
  2. “All Night Long (Demo)” (Penniman) – 2:49
  3. “Interview With Specialty Records Founder Art Rupe” (Paul Jones) – 9:13

Personnel

  • Little Richard – vocals, piano (except on 5 and 9)
  • Lee Allen – tenor sax (except on 2 and 12)
  • Alvin “Red” Tyler – baritone sax (except on 2 and 12)
  • Frank Fields – bass (except on 2 and 12)
  • Earl Palmer – drums on (except on 2 and 12)
  • Edgar Blanchard – guitar on (except on 1, 2, 5, 9 and 12)

Additional personnel

  • Justin Adams – guitar on 1 and 5
  • Huey Smith – piano on 5
  • Renald Richard – trumpet on 2
  • Clarence Ford – tenor sax, baritone sax on 2
  • Joe Tillman – tenor sax on 2
  • William “Frosty” Pyles – guitar on 2
  • Lloyd Lambert – bass on 2
  • Oscar Moore – drums on 2
  • Roy Montrell – guitar on 9
  • Wilbert Smith – tenor sax on 12
  • Grady Gaines – tenor sax on 12
  • Clifford Burks – tenor sax on 12
  • Jewell Grant – baritone sax on 12
  • Nathaniel Douglas – guitar on 12
  • Olsie Richard Robinson – bass on 12
  • Charles Connor – drums on 12

Charts

Album

Year Chart Position
1957 Billboard Pop Albums 13

Single

Year Single Chart Position
1956 “Long Tall Sally” Billboard Black Singles 1
1956 “Long Tall Sally” Billboard Pop Singles 6
1956 “Ready Teddy” Billboard Black Singles 8
1956 “Ready Teddy” Billboard Pop Singles 44
1956 “Rip It Up” Billboard Black Singles 1
1956 “Rip It Up” Billboard Pop Singles 17
1957 “Jenny, Jenny” Billboard Black Singles 2
1957 “Jenny, Jenny” Billboard Pop Singles 10
1957 “Miss Ann” Billboard Black Singles 6
1957 “Miss Ann” Billboard Pop Singles 56
1957 “True Fine Mama” Billboard Black Singles 15
1957 “True Fine Mama” Billboard Pop Singles 68
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