Little Richard in a classic pioneer from the early days of rock and roll.  His music has been copied by many artists through the years, but his versions are the ultimate, as one listen will prove.  The power and raw emotion of his music cannot be duplicated!!!

His first chart hit  TUTTI-FRUTTI  in 1956 paved the way for the classic hits that would follow…and follow they did.  On April 7, 1956 his second chart hit and first Billboard Top 100, Top 10 hit single made its chart debut.  His classic recording of  LONG TALL SALLY  on Specialty Records climbed its way up the Top 100, stopping at #9 and remained in the Top 100 for 19 weeks.  The song was written by Enotris Johnson, Robert Blackwell and Little Richard and appeared on the LP, “Here’s Little Richard”.  The single also charted on the Billboard R&B chart, becoming a #1 hit for 8 weeks.

LONG TALL SALLY  was awarded a Grammy “Hall of Fame” and was selected by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the songs that shaped rock and roll.

The flip-side of this huge single record is also a classic…SLIPPIN’ AND SLIDIN’ (Peepin’ And Hidin’).  The single charted at #33 on the Top 100 and remained on the pop chart for 14 weeks.  The song was written by Little Richard, Edwin Bocage (Eddie Bo), Al Collins and James Smith.  It was originally recorded in 1956 by Eddie Bo and released on Apollo Records as I’M WISE.  Little Richard changed the name when he recorded it also in 1956.

Two classic sides by Richard Penniman…two of many great songs he would record and chart in his very successful singing career.  Little Richard would place 27 songs on the Billboard pop charts and many more on the R&B record charts.  When the roll call of the “Greatest Rock and Roll Stars” is called, Little Richard will surly be included with the great pioneers of rock, such as Elvis, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Buddy Holly and the legends of the 1950s rock revolution…


Long Tall Sally

Slippin’ And Slidin’

Till the next time—Joe