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Little Richard reissues

Issue No. 2193

Little Richard

Little Richard


When Little Richard helped pioneer the rock and roll sound in late 1950s US, the country’s dance halls mirrored the racial segregation that gripped the Deep South.

While his music brought together young black and white people, Southern audiences were generally divided into separate parts of auditoriums that were patrolled by police.

By the end of the night, however, attempts to maintain the division often fell apart.

This racial mixing led to howls of anger from white supremacists.

These previously hard to find albums see Little Richard at the height of his powers and contain just about every classic, including “Tutti Frutti”, “Lucille” and “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On”.

In the years that followed, the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Otis Redding, and many others made their names with the help of tracks from these albums.

Here’s Little Richard,
Little Richard Vol 2,
The Fabulous Little Richard

Little Richard
Ace Records, £7.99


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Tue 16 Mar 2010, 19:38 GMT
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