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Rock’n’roll, gospel, deep soul, punk — it’s all rooted in The Georgia Peach, a Rosetta Stone of rock music. Recorded in Cosimo Matassa’s New Orleans studio and released by Art Rupe’s Los Angeles-based Specialty label, the songs here represent a sanctified collision of rural recklessness and metropolitan catchiness. In short, this is some of the wildest music to ever sneak onto mainstream radio. Forget The Stooges, The Velvet Underground, and everything else — nothing was ever rawer, looser, edgier, or more in-the-red than “Tutti Frutti,” “Lucille,” or “Good Golly Miss Molly.” Backed by a band of fearless New Orleans session players — including Lee Allen on tenor sax and Earl Palmer on drums — Richard could do no wrong, and every one of the early hits contained here is a knockout punch. Of course, the star of the show remains Richard’s searing voice, which slashes across every track as a symbol of all that is fair and mighty in rock music. Herein lies the rock’n’roll doctrine: passion, energy, liberty.

Customer Reviews

This is the one to buy.

I'm brand new to Little Richard, so when I came to this page and saw 25 freaking albums, I didn't know what to do. So I did some research. Specialty was LR's original label and is the only authentic distributor of his music. This is the definitive collection of Little Richards' 50's recordings. The other albums are from generic "record companies" that are trying to exploit LR's back catalogue.

Shut up! And dig the great one!

Little Richard took boogie woogie piano and mixed it with R&B to create "Rock 'n Roll" (along with Chuck Berry and his guitar). These are the songs that codified a new musical "language", and everyone who came after used it, including some guys from Liverpool, England and Tupelo, Mississipi. King Richard gave it all.


I love this album. I dress up in my checkered suit and cruise around in my 1950 grey Ford. If you like bop from this time, this is a really really great CD!


Born: December 5, 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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