Sunday, March 17, 2013



Richard Wayne Penniman (born December 5, 1932), known by his stage name Little Richard, is an American pianist, singer and songwriter. He has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for over six decades. His most celebrated work dates from the mid-1950s where his dynamic music and charismatic showmanship laid the foundation for rock and roll. Penniman's hits of that period were generally characterized by playful lyrics underpinned with suggestive overtones. His music also had a pivotal impact on the formation of other popular music genres, including soul and funk. Penniman influenced numerous singers and musicians from rock to rap.

Penniman was honored by many institutions, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He was the recipient of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award in 1992 and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation in 1994. Penniman's breakthrough hit "Tutti Frutti" was included in the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry, claiming the "unique vocalizing over the irresistible beat announced a new era in music"....(text from Wikipedia)

This collection showcases 20 of his greatest hits, digitally remastered from the original session tapes.

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