The Second Coming (Little Richard album)

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The Second Coming
Studio album by Little Richard
Released September 1972
Recorded 27 March 1972 - 12 April 1972
Genre Rock 'n' Roll, Soul, Funk
Length 41:02
Label Reprise
Producer Richard Penniman, Robert "Bumps" Blackwell
Little Richard chronology
The King of Rock and Roll
The Second Coming
Southern Child (1972)

The Second Coming was Little Richard's third album for Reprise Records, and saw him reunited with Robert "Bumps" Blackwell from his Specialty days, with them co-writing the majority of the album together. However the album again failed to chart.


Little Richard's profile was high during this period, with works including a track, "Miss Ann", on the album To Bonnie from Delaney, a still unreleased track with Joey Covington of The Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, "Bludgeon Of A Bluecoat (The Man)", a duet with Mylon LeFevre on his 1961 track, "He's Not Just A Soldier", and two tracks on the soundtrack to $. However, his own albums weren't selling, and a fourth and final album for Reprise - Southern Child - was dropped from release. The tracks to all of Richard's Reprise sessions, including the Southern Child album, were finally released on CD in 2005 by Rhino Records.

Richard recalled: "I left Reprise because I felt that the producers didn't have me at heart. The Rill Thing was a good album. All the Reprise albums were, but they didn't push them. So I left them. It wasn't mutual. I went to Reprise because I felt the company could do something. [...] I think the producers and people who worked there thought I wasn't their main singer."[1] (page 167).

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Richard Penniman; except where indicated

  1. "Mockingbird Sally" - 3:41
  2. "Second Line" (Penniman, Robert "Bumps" Blackwell) – 4:50
  3. "It Ain't What You Do, It's the Way How You Do It" (Penniman, Pete Kleinman) – 2:45
  4. "The Saints" – 5:03
  5. "Nuki Suki" (Bill Hemmons) – 5:32
  6. "Rockin' Rockin' Boogie" (Penniman, Seabrun Hunter) – 5:28
  7. "Prophet of Peace" – 3:19
  8. "Thomasine" (Penniman, Maybelle Jackson) – 3:11
  9. "Sanctified, Satisfied Toe-Tapper" – 7:12




Year Chart Position
1972 Billboard Pop Albums Did not chart


  1. ^ White, Charles. (2003). The Life and Times of Little Richard: The Authorised Biography. Omnibus Press.