Little Richard discography

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Little Richard discography

Little Richard performing in Austin, Texas in March 2007
Releases
Studio albums 15
Live albums 3
Compilation albums 1
Singles 37

This page is a discography for rock and roll musician Little Richard. He began his recording career in 1951, signing to RCA Records, then switching to Peacock Records in 1953 before attaining international success in 1955 with Specialty Records.

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart positions Album
US Charts US R&B chart US AC UK Singles Chart[1]
1955 "Tutti-Frutti" 17 2 29 Here's Little Richard
1956 "Long Tall Sally" 6 1 3
"Slippin' and Slidin'" 33 2
"Rip It Up" 17 1 30
"Ready Teddy" 44 8
"She's Got It" 9 15
"Heeby-Jeebies" 7 Little Richard
"The Girl Can't Help It" 49 7 9
"All Around the World" 13
"Lucille" 21 1 10
1957 "Send Me Some Lovin'" 54 3
"Jenny, Jenny" 10 2 11 Here's Little Richard
"Miss Ann" 56 6
"Keep A-Knockin'" 8 2 21 Little Richard
1958 "Good Golly, Miss Molly" 10 4 8
"Ooh! My Soul" 31 15 22
"True Fine Mama" 68 Here's Little Richard
"Baby Face" 41 12 2 Little Richard
1959 "Kansas City" 95 26 The Fabulous Little Richard
"By the Light of the Silvery Moon" 17 Little Richard
1961 "He's Not Just a Soldier" 113 The King of the Gospel Singers
1962 "He Got What He Wanted (But He Lost What He Had)" 38 (Mercury)
1963 "Crying in the Chapel" 119 (Atlantic)
1964 "Bama Lama Bama Loo" 82 82 20 Well Alright! (Specialty, 1971)
"Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" (A-side) 126 Little Richard is Back (And There's a Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On!)
"Goodnight Irene" (B-side) 128
1965 "I Don't Know What You've Got But It's Got Me" 92 12 Mr. Big
1966 "Poor Dog (Who Can't Wag His Own Tail)" 121 41 The Explosive Little Richard
1970 "Freedom Blues" 47 28 The Rill Thing
"Greenwood Mississippi" 85
1973 "In the Middle of the Night" 71
1976 "Call My Name" 106
1977 "Good Golly Miss Molly" / "Rip It Up"
(re-recordings)
37
1986 "Great Gosh A'Mighty! (It's a Matter of Time)" 42 62
"Operator" 67
1987 "Somebody's Comin'" 93
1989 "Twins"(with Philip Bailey) 82
1991 "Voices That Care"(Various Artists) 11 6 single only
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or was not released.

Albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US 200 US R&B
Here's Little Richard 13
Little Richard
  • Released: 1958
  • Label: Specialty
  • Format: mono LP
The Fabulous Little Richard
  • Released: March 1959
  • Label: Specialty
  • Format: mono LP
Pray Along with Little Richard, Volume 1
  • Released: 1960
  • Label: End
  • Format: mono LP
Pray Along with Little Richard (Vol 2)
  • Released: 1960
  • Label: End
  • Format: mono LP
The King of the Gospel Singers
  • Released: 1962
  • Label: Mercury
  • Format: stereo LP
Little Richard Is Back (And There's A Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On!)
  • Released: August 1964
  • Label: Vee-Jay
  • Format: mono LP
Little Richard's Greatest Hits
  • Released: 1965
  • Label: Vee-Jay
  • Format: mono LP
The Incredible Little Richard Sings His Greatest Hits - Live!
  • Released: 1967
  • Label: Modern
  • Format: stereo LP
The Wild and Frantic Little Richard
  • Released: 1967 or 1968
  • Label: Modern
  • Format: stereo LP
The Explosive Little Richard
  • Released: January 1967
  • Label: Okeh
  • Format: mono LP
Little Richard's Greatest Hits: Recorded Live!
  • Released: July 1967
  • Label: Okeh
  • Format: stereo LP
184 28
The Rill Thing
  • Released: August 1970
  • Label: Reprise
  • Format: stereo LP
Mr. Big
  • Released: 1971
  • Label: Joy
  • Format: mono LP
The King of Rock and Roll
  • Released: 1971
  • Label: Reprise
  • Format: stereo-mono LP
The Second Coming
  • Released: 1972
  • Label: Reprise
  • Format: stereo LP
Southern Child
  • Unreleased (recorded in 1972); tracks issued in 2005
  • Label: Reprise
  • Format: stereo LP
Right Now!
  • Released: 1974
  • Label: United
  • Format: stereo LP
Talkin' 'bout Soul
  • Released: 1974
  • Label: Dynasty
  • Format: stereo-mono LP
Little Richard Live
  • Released: 1976
  • Label: K-Tel
  • Format: stereo-mono LP (all studio)
God's Beautiful City
  • Released: 1979
  • Label: Word
  • Format: stereo LP
Lifetime Friend
  • Released: 1986
  • Label: WEA Records
  • Format: stereo LP
Shake It All About
  • Released: 1992
  • Label: Disney
  • Format: stereo LP
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Compilation albums/previously unreleased material:

  • 1960: Little Richard Sings:Clap Your Hands (Spinorama M119)
  • 1963: Sings Spirituals
  • 1963: His Biggest Hits (Specialty SP-2111)
  • 1964: Sings the Gospel
  • 1967: Rock N Roll Forever
  • 1968: Little Richard's Grooviest 17 Original Hits (Specialty)
  • 1968: Forever Yours (Roulette)
  • 1969: Good Golly Miss Molly
  • 1969: Little Richard
  • 1970: Rock Hard Rock Heavy
  • 1970: Little Richard
  • 1970: Well Alright!
  • 1972: The Original
  • 1972: Friends from the Beginning - Little Richard and Jimi Hendrix
  • 1972: Super Hits (Trip; gatefold)
  • 1973: Rip It Up
  • 1974: Recorded Live
  • 1975: Keep a Knockin'
  • 1976: Sings
  • 1977: Now
  • 1977: 22 Original Hits (Warwick)
  • 1979: Going All The Way With Rock And Roll (Koala; live; budget label)
  • 1983: 20 Greatest Hits (Lotus)
  • 1984: Little Richard's Greatest (Kent)
  • 1988: Lucille
  • 1990: The Essential Little Richard
  • 1991: The Georgia Peach
  • 1996: Shag on Down by the Union Hall Featuring Shea Sandlin & Richard "The Sex" Hounsome
  • 1996: Little Richard's GRAND SLAM HITS (DIMI Music Group)
  • 2004: Get Down With It (The Complete Okeh Sessions) (all studio; Columbia)
  • 2005: King Of Rock and Roll (The Complete Reprise Sessions) (Rhino Handmade)
  • 2005: Get Rich Quick - Birth Of A Legend, 1951-1954 (RCA, Peacock, Republic; Rev-Ola)
  • 2006: Here Comes Little Richard/Little Richard
  • 2008: The Very Best Of Little Richard

Guest appearances/Duets[edit]

Year Song Album Notes
1975 "Take It Like A Man" Head On (Bachman–Turner Overdrive album)
  • Little Richard played piano on the track released on the hit album Head On.
1985 "Great Gosh A'Mighty" Down and Out in Beverly Hills Soundtrack
  • Little Richard performs a rocking, faith-based track that he wrote with Billy Preston - the first he wrote and recorded since he reconciled his role as a Minister and as a rock and roll performer - for the soundtrack to the motion picture Down And Out in Beverly Hills.
1987 "Happy Endings" The Telephone Soundtrack
1988 "Rock Island Line" Folkways: A Vision Shared A Tribute to Woody Guthrie & Leadbelly
  • Little Richard performs a rocking version of Leadbelly's "Rock Island Line" backed by Fishbone.
1988 "Twins" Twins Soundtrack
  • Little Richard sings duet with Philip Bailey on the theme song for the soundtrack of the motion picture Twins.
1989 "When Love Comes To Town" (Live From The Kingdom Mix) Live - Extended Version
  • Little Richard preaches a sermon in rhyming rap style and sings background vocals on the B-side of the 1989 12-inch 45rpm extended single with U2 and B.B. King, called "When Love Comes To Town (Live From The Kingdom Mix)".
1990 "Elvis Is Dead" Time's Up (Living Color album)
1990 "You Really Got Me Now" Young Guns
1991 "Voices That Care" (Single and Music Video Only)
  • Little Richard is a featured singer as part of a supergroup of popular musicians, entertainers and athletes. The group of people involved was also collectively known as Voices That Care and was shown as such on the single release and marketing materials. The single and supporting documentary music video were intended to help boost the morale of U.S. troops involved in Operation Desert Storm, as well as supporting the International Red Cross organization.
1991 "Itsy Bitsy Spider" Disney For Our Children
1991 "The Power" Elton John Duets
1994 "Something Else" Rhythm Country and Blues
1996 "Everybody's Got A Game" Definition of Soul
1997 "Hold On To What You've Got" Soul-Gasm
1999 "Keep A Knockin" Why Do Fools Fall In Love Soundtrack
  • Little Richard performs new recording of Keep A Knockin on the soundtrack for the motion picture Why Do Fools Fall In Love.
2002 "Get Rhythm" Kindred Spirits A Tribute To The Songs of Johnny Cash
2006 "I Saw Her Standing There" Last Man Standing
2008 "I Ain't Never" The Imus Ranch Record
2011 "He Ain't Never Done Me Nothing But Good" Dottie Rambo Tribute
  • Little Richard sings a track on the upcoming tribute album to the songs of gospel music legend Dottie Rambo.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 324. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.