Little Richard Live

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Little Richard Live!
Little Richard Live 1976.jpeg
Studio album by Little Richard
Released 1976
Recorded 1976
Genre Rock 'N' Roll
Label K-Tel
Little Richard chronology
Talkin' 'Bout Soul
(1974)
Little Richard Live
(1976)
God's Beautiful City
(1979)

Little Richard Live! is Little Richard's first album of new material since 1974, and the first album he had recorded since 1973.[1] Recorded at the Jack Clement Studio in Nashville, the album featured remakes of twenty of his Specialty Records tracks. If you count live takes, this was actually the fifth or sixth time that Richard had recorded his classic mid-1950s hits. Despite the album's title, the tracks are studio recordings, not live performances. As of 2013, these October 1976 sessions and an early '90s set with Japanese guitar man, Takanakka, are the last times that Penniman re-recorded his mid-1950s hits in the studio.

History[edit]

Just prior to recording Little Richard Live!, Richard appeared in the film The London Rock and Roll Show and on piano for two tracks on the Bachman–Turner Overdrive album Head On. After recording this album for K-Tel, Penniman didn't return to a recording studio until 1979, where he recorded Gospel music for the World label.


Penniman reflected on this during an interview for UK music show The Tube in 1985, where he told presenter Jools Holland, "I gave up rock and roll in 1976. I had a lot of death in my family, my brother fell dead, he had a heart attack, he was thirty-two years old. I had another friend who got shot in the head, another friend of mine got cut up with a butcher knife, another friend of mine had a heart attack, then my mother died. Then my nephew shot himself in the head, and so I decided I would just give my life to being an evangalist."[2]

Track listing[edit]

(some have been issued as alternate takes)

  1. The Girl Can't Help It
  2. Rip It Up
  3. Send Me Some Lovin'
  4. Bama Lama Bama Loo
  5. She's Got It
  6. Can't Believe You Wanna Leave
  7. Long Tall Sally
  8. Jenny, Jenny
  9. Good Golly, Miss Molly
  10. Lucille
  11. Keep A-Knockin'
  12. All Around The World
  13. True Fine Mama
  14. Ready Teddy
  15. By The Light Of The Silvery Moon
  16. Slippin' and Slidin'
  17. Baby Face
  18. Ooh! My Soul
  19. Miss Ann
  20. Tutti Frutti

Personnel[edit]

According to K-Tel records it is not known whether Richard also played piano on these tracks.

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
1976 Billboard Pop Albums Did not chart

References[edit]

  1. ^ White, Charles. (2003). The Life and Times of Little Richard: The Authorised Biography. Omnibus Press.
  2. ^ The Tube, Channel 4 Television, March 8, 1985