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  • Awesome Music: Much of the Specialty recordings in general - "Tutti Frutti," "Rip It Up," "Keep A-Knocking," "Slippin' And Slidin'," "Lucille," "The Girl Can't Help It," "Good Golly Miss Molly," and much more. All of these are boisterous rhythm & blues numbers, played with reckless abandon, with Little Richard singing them at the top of his lungs. You really need to hear this man scream and holler in his prime to appreciate just how loud he was by 1950s standards.
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  • First and Foremost: "Long Tall Sally" was written to deliberately invoke this (it was meant to be a song that white singers wouldn't cover). While it was initially successful, it didn't quite last.
  • Older Than They Think: His later career consisted of him playing small clubs and bitching about how he never got his dues for more or less inventing rock n' roll.
  • Retroactive Recognition: At one point his band included a then unknown guitarist named Jimi Hendrix, who went on to do quite well after leaving (Richard kicked him out for refusing to wear his uniform).
  • Signature Song: "Tutti Frutti". Or, for younger people, the theme from The Magic School Bus.

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