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One of the definitive Little Richard anthologies, Specialty Records' 25-track Georgia Peach brings together all of Richard's hits in chronological order, along with several lesser-known, if no less top-notch, singles. These are the recordings Richard built his career upon and they showcase his most stripped-down, rockin', rhythm & blues-oriented sound. Although he had already recorded for RCA in the early '50s (anthologized on Bear Family Records' superb The Formative Years: 1951-53), it was his sides for Specialty Records, recorded between 1955 and 1959, that codified his distinctive, revelatory approach to rock & roll; roiling barroom piano, unhinged falsetto vocals and lyrics full of cheeky innuendo just this side of dirty. Included here are such classic recordings as "Tutti Frutti," "Good Golly Miss Molly," Slippin' and Slidin'," "Long Tall Sally," "Jenny, Jenny, Jenny," and more. Also included are such lesser appreciated, but no less incendiary cuts as "Heebie Jeebies," "She's Got It," and "Rip It Up," among others. If you are looking for a collection that brings together a cross-section of Richard's most definitive early career sides, then look no further than Georgia Peach.


Born: 05 December 1932 in Macon, GA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the original rock & roll greats, Little Richard merged the fire of gospel with New Orleans R&B, pounding the piano and wailing with gleeful abandon. While numerous other R&B greats of the early '50s had been moving in a similar direction, none of them matched the sheer electricity of Richard's vocals. With his bullet-speed deliveries, ecstatic trills, and the overjoyed force of personality in his singing, he was crucial in upping the voltage from high-powered R&B into the similar, yet different,...
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