This months Throwback Thursday will focus on the 1950’s
A decade which started Rock’n’Roll.
The first album we have going into the new segment is ‘Here’s Little Richard’. An album which was released in 1957, and featured some of Richard’s biggest hits, ‘Long Tall Sally’ and ‘Tutti Frutti’. Although this album only managed to reach 13 in the Billboard Charts, it is widely regarded as one of the best albums of all time. Some of the songs from the album managed to reach a better position in the charts, with ‘Rip It Up‘ and ‘Long Tall Sally‘ reaching top position in the charts.
This album, and the songs off it, have influenced some of the most important musicians of all time, as it featured heavily in the early days of John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s musical careers, when they were still just ordinary musicians from Liverpool. Other musicians who have taken influence from Little Richard range from Otis Redding, David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix, so not only has this album, and therefore Little Richard, influenced Rock’n’Roll, but also soul, glam rock, psychedelic rock and everything in between.
This album featured the following songs; Tutti Frutti, True Fine Mama, Can’t Believe You Wanna Leave Me, Ready Teddy, Baby, Slippin’ & Slidin’, Long Tall Sally, Miss Ann, Oh Why, Rip It Up, Jenny Jenny and She’s Got It. These songs have then been included in films, compilation albums, and video games. It’s fair to say, that this album has been a key part in the lives of musicians, and without Little Richard, and his extravagant ways, and brilliant songs, then music may have been a lot different. Could The Beatles have not existed? Could Bowie not have been as outgoing? These are questions that thankfully, we will never know the answer to. After all, some of these songs were part of The Beatles’ set list in their early days, and some other Little Richard songs actually made it on to their albums. Then there are The Rolling Stones, who were equally heavily influenced by Little Richard, and guitarist Keith Richards, lists Little Richard as one of his biggest influences, and a musical hero.
Not only did this album feature some of the best songs that Little Richard ever wrote, but also features some of the greatest session musicians at the time. From Huey ‘Piano’ Smith, Charles Connor, and Roy Montrell. These were experienced musicians, who played on hundreds of blues, Rock’n’Roll and Jazz pieces throughout their careers, playing with musicians such as Sam Cooke, Fats Domino, James Brown and Eddie ‘Guitar Slim’ Jones. Huey Smith and Charles Connor have gone down in in musical history, with Smith being awarded a Pioneer Award, by the Rhythm And Blues Foundation, and Connor being regarded by James Brown as ‘the first drummer who put funk into rhythm’.
This album was groundbreaking, and made by a groundbreaking, and creative bunch of musicians.