History Music / LittleRichard

4th Jul '16 4:22:40 AM gewunomox
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Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, he mounted several comeback attempts on a variety of labels, including Vee-Jay (with whom he had the hit "I Don't Know What You Got (But It's Got Me)", featuring the guitar playing of an obscure young session musician called JimiHendrix), Modern, Okeh and Reprise, though many of his efforts were just re-recordings of his Specialty hits. Eventually, after oscillating between his roles as a reverend and a rocker for nearly 20 years, he reconciled himself to rock and roll in the late 1980s, declaring that it could be used for good as well as evil.

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Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, he mounted several comeback attempts on a variety of labels, including Vee-Jay (with whom he had the hit "I Don't Know What You Got (But It's Got Me)", featuring the guitar playing of an obscure young session musician called JimiHendrix), Music/JimiHendrix), Modern, Okeh and Reprise, though many of his efforts were just re-recordings of his Specialty hits. Eventually, after oscillating between his roles as a reverend and a rocker for nearly 20 years, he reconciled himself to rock and roll in the late 1980s, declaring that it could be used for good as well as evil.
16th May '16 2:50:18 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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* OlderThanTheyLook: Sure, he got cosmetic surgery, but [[http://www.bing.com/getimage?q=FCLB_9c91b5bb-327f-36c5-cd5f-9d2b55aafd48_2&wf=Genimage it seemed to have went well.]] He pretty much ''defines'' this trope. You would need to see his birth certificate to be convinced he's ''83''.
* OneWomanSong: "Good Golly Miss Molly", "Long Tall Sally", "Miss Ann", "Lucille", "Jenny, Jenny", "The Girl Can't Help It".
* RhymingWithItself: "Jenny, Jenny".

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* OlderThanTheyLook: Sure, he got cosmetic surgery, but [[http://www.bing.com/getimage?q=FCLB_9c91b5bb-327f-36c5-cd5f-9d2b55aafd48_2&wf=Genimage it seemed to have went gone well.]] He pretty much ''defines'' this trope. You would need to see his birth certificate to be convinced he's ''83''.
''83.''
* OneWomanSong: "Good Golly Miss Molly", Molly," "Long Tall Sally", Sally," "Miss Ann", "Lucille", Ann," "Lucille," "Jenny, Jenny", Jenny," "The Girl Can't Help It".
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* RhymingWithItself: "Jenny, Jenny". Jenny."
16th May '16 2:47:26 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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Things changed in 1957, when Richard, at the height of his success, announced that he was quitting rock and roll, and subsequently entered a seminary to become a priest. The precise reason for his decision isn't entirely clear, but the most common story is that Richard experienced a [[DreamingOfThingsToCome prophetic dream]] about the [[ApocalypseHow end of the world]], just before learning about the launch of the Soviet satellite Sputnik, compounded by a vision of angels supporting the wings of his plane to Australia when he thought it was crashing. He didn't quite music altogether, and went back to his gospel roots for several albums.

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Things changed in 1957, when Richard, at the height of his success, announced that he was quitting rock and roll, and subsequently entered a seminary to become a priest. The precise reason for his decision isn't entirely clear, but the most common story is that Richard experienced a [[DreamingOfThingsToCome prophetic dream]] about the [[ApocalypseHow end of the world]], just before learning about the launch of the Soviet satellite Sputnik, compounded by a vision of angels supporting the wings of his plane to Australia when he thought it was crashing. He didn't quite quit music altogether, altogether though, and went back to his gospel roots for several albums.
4th Mar '16 2:05:40 PM Doug86
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** He also elongates his "i"s into a falsetto.[[{{Aerosmith}} Steven Tyler]] seems to have borrowed this from him.

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** He also elongates his "i"s into a falsetto.[[{{Aerosmith}} [[Music/{{Aerosmith}} Steven Tyler]] seems to have borrowed this from him.
22nd Dec '15 3:27:56 PM BadSplice
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* OlderThanTheyLook: Sure, he got cosmetic surgery, but [[http://www.bing.com/getimage?q=FCLB_9c91b5bb-327f-36c5-cd5f-9d2b55aafd48_2&wf=Genimage it seemed to have went well.]] He pretty much ''defines'' this trope. You would need to see his fucking birth certificate to be convinced he's almost 80.

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* OlderThanTheyLook: Sure, he got cosmetic surgery, but [[http://www.bing.com/getimage?q=FCLB_9c91b5bb-327f-36c5-cd5f-9d2b55aafd48_2&wf=Genimage it seemed to have went well.]] He pretty much ''defines'' this trope. You would need to see his fucking birth certificate to be convinced he's almost 80. ''83''.
30th Nov '15 5:16:30 AM kraas
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* BigBeautifulWoman: "Long Tall Sally".
11th Nov '15 8:58:31 PM Josef5678
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* 1992 - ''Shake It All About'' (an album of children's songs recorded for Creator/Disney)

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* 1992 - ''Shake It All About'' (an album of children's songs recorded for Creator/Disney)Creator/{{Disney}})
11th Nov '15 8:58:11 PM Josef5678
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* 1992 - ''Shake It All About'' (an album of children's songs recorded for [[Disney]])

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* 1992 - ''Shake It All About'' (an album of children's songs recorded for [[Disney]])Creator/Disney)
15th Sep '15 5:34:52 PM DoctorFolly
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'''Richard Wayne Penniman''' (better known as '''Little Richard''', born 5 December 1932) is an American singer, songwriter and pianist who proclaims himself as "the architect of RockAndRoll". One of the few artists active in TheFifties whose mass popularity approached that of Music/ElvisPresley, Little Richard remains one of the most important figures in the history of rock music, and few would dispute him the title.

Born to a gospel-singing family, Richard Penniman recorded a few minor singles for small independent labels before he was discovered by record producers Art Rupe and Bumps Blackwell, who thought he could be a viable rival to Music/RayCharles. Richard recorded a string of hits, including "Tutti Frutti", "Good Golly Miss Molly" and "Long Tall Sally" and starred in rock and roll films around the same time teenagers were recognised as a whole new demographic. His performances were famously wild and frenetic and his playing style, incorporating boogie-woogie influences, {{Funk}} rhythms and raw, energetic vocals, made Richard a huge hit with his audiences.

Things changed in 1957, when Penniman had a seemingly [[DreamingOfThingsToCome prophetic dream]] about the [[ApocalypseHow end of the world]], believed he saw angels carrying a plane he thought was crashing and heard that the Russians had just launched Sputnik. He became convinced that God was telling him to stop playing rock music, so he entered a seminary, became a minister and began recording gospel songs instead. After that, Little Richard oscillated between gospel and his old rock and roll style until he eventually reconciled his roles as a reverend and a rocker.

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'''Richard Wayne Penniman''' (better known as '''Little Richard''', born 5 December 1932) 1932 in Macon, Georgia) is an American singer, songwriter and pianist who proclaims himself as "the architect of RockAndRoll". One of the few artists active in TheFifties whose mass popularity approached that of Music/ElvisPresley, Little Richard remains one of the most important figures in the history of rock music, and few would dispute him the title.

Born to a gospel-singing family, Richard Penniman learned to play saxophone in school, and began his career in music in his teens, when he became an impromptu opening act for the visiting gospel star Sister Rosetta Tharpe when she performed in the theatre where he was a part-time concessions salesman. He did some time on the Chitlin' Circuit, first as a female impersonator ("Princess Lavorne") and then as a member of a jump blues group called the Tempo Toppers, learned to play boogie-woogie piano from the flamboyant rock and roller Esquerita and recorded a few minor singles for small independent labels before that had some regional success, but ultimately went nowhere.

Richard was working as a dishwasher in a bus station when
he was discovered by Art Rupe, owner of Specialty Records, who teamed him with songwriters like John Marascalco and record producers Art Rupe and producer Bumps Blackwell, who thought he could be Blackwell in the hopes of creating a viable rival to Music/RayCharles. Richard recorded a string of hits, including "Tutti Frutti", "Good Golly Miss Molly" and "Long Tall Sally" and starred in rock and roll films around the same time teenagers were recognised as a whole new demographic. His performances were famously wild and frenetic frenetic, his personality flamboyant to an extreme, and his playing style, incorporating boogie-woogie influences, {{Funk}} rhythms and raw, energetic vocals, made Richard a huge hit with his audiences.

Things changed in 1957, when Penniman had Richard, at the height of his success, announced that he was quitting rock and roll, and subsequently entered a seemingly seminary to become a priest. The precise reason for his decision isn't entirely clear, but the most common story is that Richard experienced a [[DreamingOfThingsToCome prophetic dream]] about the [[ApocalypseHow end of the world]], believed he saw just before learning about the launch of the Soviet satellite Sputnik, compounded by a vision of angels carrying a supporting the wings of his plane to Australia when he thought it was crashing crashing. He didn't quite music altogether, and heard that went back to his gospel roots for several albums.

Throughout
the Russians 1960s and 1970s, he mounted several comeback attempts on a variety of labels, including Vee-Jay (with whom he had just launched Sputnik. He became convinced that God was telling him to stop the hit "I Don't Know What You Got (But It's Got Me)", featuring the guitar playing rock music, so he entered a seminary, became a minister of an obscure young session musician called JimiHendrix), Modern, Okeh and began recording gospel songs instead. After that, Little Richard oscillated Reprise, though many of his efforts were just re-recordings of his Specialty hits. Eventually, after oscillating between gospel and his old rock and roll style until he eventually reconciled his roles as a reverend and a rocker.
rocker for nearly 20 years, he reconciled himself to rock and roll in the late 1980s, declaring that it could be used for good as well as evil.



* 1965 - ''Little Richard's Greatest Hits''
* 1966 - ''The Incredible Little Richard Sings His Greatest Hits Live!''

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* 1965 - ''Little Richard's Greatest Hits''
Hits'' (re-recorded versions of his Specialty hits for Vee-Jay)
* 1966 - ''The Incredible Little Richard Sings His Greatest Hits Live!''Live!'' (more re-recorded versions of his Specialty hits for Modern)



* 1967 - ''Little Richard's Greatest Hits: Recorded Live!''

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* 1967 - ''Little Richard's Greatest Hits: Recorded Live!''Live!'' (''even more'' re-recorded versions of his Specialty hits for Okeh)



* 1971 - ''Mr. Big''

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* 1971 - ''Mr. Big''Big'' (Vee-Jay recordings from 1964-1965)



* 1974 - ''Talkin' Bout Soul''

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* 1974 - ''Talkin' Bout Soul''Soul'' (''more'' leftovers from the Vee-Jay archives)



* 1992 - ''Shake It All About''

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* 1992 - ''Shake It All About''About'' (an album of children's songs recorded for [[Disney]])



* AmbiguouslyGay and/or AmbiguouslyBi: Little Richard's sexual orientation has been debated for more than half a century. The singer himself has described himself as gay in some interviews, but has also named himself an "omnisexual" in other interviews. Nevertheless his outrageously effeminate stage presence is part of his public persona and made him a gay icon nevertheless.

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* AmbiguouslyGay and/or AmbiguouslyBi: Little Richard's sexual orientation has been debated for more than half a century. The singer himself has described himself as gay in some interviews, but has also named himself an "omnisexual" in other interviews. interviews, while also going through a notorious phase of very public homophobia in the 1980s. Nevertheless his outrageously effeminate stage presence is part of his public persona and made him a gay icon nevertheless.all the same.
28th Apr '15 10:55:04 PM NWolfman
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** He also elongates his "i"s into a falsetto.[[{{Aerosmith}} Steven Tyler]] seems to have borrowed this from him.
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