The King of Rock and Roll

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The King of Rock and Roll
Studio album by Little Richard
Released October 1971
Recorded 25 May - 2 July 1971
Genre Rock, soul
Length 42:34
Label Reprise
Producer H.B. Barnum
Little Richard chronology
Mr. Big
The King of Rock and Roll
The Second Coming

The King of Rock and Roll was Little Richard's second album for Reprise Records, a follow-up album that contained one original Little Richard song, the Gospel-Rock "In The Name" and a new song co-written by Producer H. B. Barnum, "Green Power", the single release; and versions of tracks by artists as diverse as Hank Williams, The Temptations, Martha and the Vandellas, Three Dog Night, and The Rolling Stones. The title track, a mock braggadocio that referenced Tom Jones, Elvis Presley, Ike & Tina Turner, Sly and the Family Stone, and Aretha Franklin, amongst others, upset some fans, although the album's title tune got good airplay in New York - a 1950s style jump blues, with an exceptional Little Richard shouting vocal! But fans and critics were further upset that the album did not feature acoustic piano and that most tracks were badly mixed, with an intrusive girl group chorus.

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Critical Appreciation[edit]

The album received a largely negative review in Rolling Stone magazine, where Vince Aletti stated Much of the album seems designed around the Talk Show Personality rather than the Singer, giving it the sticky veneer of a jive extravaganza.[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "King of Rock 'n' Roll" (Bradford Craig, H.B. Barnum) - 3:11
  2. "Joy To The World" (Hoyt Axton) – 6:49
  3. "Brown Sugar" (Keith Richards, Mick Jagger) – 3:23
  4. "In The Name" (Richard Penniman) – 3:10
  5. "Dancing in the Street" (Marvin Gaye, William "Mickey" Stevenson) – 5:31
  6. "Midnight Special" (Traditional; arranged by Richard Penniman) – 4:02
  7. "The Way You Do the Things You Do" (Robert Rogers, William Robinson) – 3:29
  8. "Green Power" (H.B. Barnum, John "Skip" Anderson) – 3:59
  9. "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" (Hank Williams) – 2:40
  10. "Settin' The Woods On Fire" (Ed G. Nelson, Fred Rose) – 2:22
  11. "Born on the Bayou" (John C. Fogerty) – 4:27


Rest of personnel unknown, records not kept by Reprise.



Year Chart Position
1971 Billboard Pop Albums #193