Little Richard – Here’s Little Richard (1957)
With some artists I demand variety: if any song so much as starts in the same key or contains a similar tempo, I moan about the artist repeating themselves.
With Little Richard, my list of demands pendulum swings to the other extreme.
In his case, I insist that each song be 12-bar blues, be greater than 2 minutes but less than 3 minutes in length, and feature pounding piano keys and “woooooooos.”
Fortunately, on Here’s Little Richard, he delivers!*
The energy is contagious & the list of people he has influenced is endless.
With respect to lists, surely Little Richard will make appearances on a couple of future ones for me:
a) Top 5 “that was a debut?” – the performance is so confident, I wouldn’t have guessed.
b) Top 5 Song intros – perhaps even #1 on the list for the album-opening/rock & roll genre-opening Tutti Frutti.
* Though in some songs, he substitutes the reasonable facsimile “owwwwwww.”