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Here's Little Richard is the debut studio album by Little Richard, released in 1957. It was a best seller at the time. It's probably as close to a Greatest Hits Album as you can get: "Tutti Frutti", "Ready Teddy", "Slippin' And Slidin", "Long Tall Sally", "Rip It Up" and "Jenny, Jenny" are all compiled on this record.


Side One

  1. "Tutti Frutti" (2:25)
  2. "True Fine Mama" (2:43)
  3. "Can't Believe You Wanna Leave" (2:28)
  4. "Ready Teddy" (2:09)
  5. "Baby" (2:06)
  6. "Slippin' And Slidin'" (2:42)

Side Two

  1. "Long Tall Sally" (2:10)
  2. "Miss Ann" (2:17)
  3. "Oh Why?" (2:09)
  4. "Rip It Up" (2:23)
  5. "Jenny, Jenny" (2:04)
  6. "She's Got It" (2:26)

Bonus Tracks (2012 Reissue):

  1. "Baby (Demo)"
  2. "All Night Long (Demo)"
  3. "Interview With Specialty Records Founder Art Rupe"

We're gonna have some fun tonight, have some fun tonight, everything's all right!:

  • Alliterative Title: "Slippin' and Slidin'".
  • Big Beautiful Woman: "Long Tall Sally", praises a girl who fits these measurements.
  • Break Up Song: "Can't Believe You Wanna Leave", about a girl who wants to leave him.
  • Careful with That Axe: "AWOP-BA-BELUBOP-BELAM-BAM-BOOM!"
  • Dancing Is Serious Business: "Ready Teddy" asks the listeners whether they are reading to rock 'n' roll.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: The album cover is a black-and-white photograph of the singer against a yellow background.
  • Face on the Cover: Little Richard's face is shown in close-up.
  • Greatest Hits Album: Compared to others rock and roll albums of this era this record has a fine collection of essential hits by the artist.
  • Incoming Ham: The legend of Little Richard's big break. Richard was making his first record for Specialty Records, but the session wasn't really working, so producer "Bumps" Blackwell suggested they take a lunch break at a nearby restaurant-slash-strip-joint. There, to impress the ladies, Richard sat down at the piano and starting banging out his dirty live hit "Tutti Frutti"... and the rest was history.
  • Intercourse with You: What else do you think "Slippin' And Slidin'" is about? "Tutti Frutti" too - the lyrics were cleaned up from the far dirtier original version, which went "Tutti frutti, good booty!"
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Only Little Richard could make stupid words like "A-Wop Bop-A-Lula A Whop Bam Boom" and "Tutti Frutti" awesome as hell!
  • Obsession Song: "Oh Why?", where the singer wonders why all this misery happened to him.
  • One-Woman Song: "Long Tall Sally", "Miss Ann", "Jenny Jenny" and "True Fine Mama".
  • One-Word Title: "Baby".
  • Questioning Title?: "Oh Why?"
  • Rock & Roll:
    I'm ready, ready, ready Ted, I'm reaaaaady, I'm ready, ready, ready, Ted, I'm reaaady, ready, ready, Ted, I'm ready to rock 'n' roll!
  • Rhyming with Itself: "Jenny Jenny".
  • Scatting: The "A-Wop Bop-A-Lula A Whop Bam Boom" in "Tutti Frutti", made to simulate a drum solo.
  • Three Chords and the Truth: The songs are short, simple, energetic and catchy as hell.