Little Richard

16 Greatest Hits

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With his crazed singing, frenetic piano playing, and wildly swinging backing band, Little Richard came as close as anyone in the early 50's to reaching the Platonic ideal of rock & roll. From late 1955 until early 1958, Little Richard cranked out one brilliant hit single after another, creating music so unabashedly sexual that it scared people, especially radio programmers. Only three of these records reached the Top Ten of the pop charts, but the greatness of Richard's work cannot be measured by mere sales numbers. Just ask Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, or any of the thousands of musicians of their era who were inspired by Little Richard to pick up instruments and push ahead with their music. 16 GREATEST HITS collects Little Richard's biggest and best early recordings, including all his signature songs, the raucous "Tutti Frutti," the lupine howl "Lucille," the rocking "The Girl Can't Help It," and many more. Of special importance is the fact that HITS contains the original recordings of these songs for the Specialty label, by far his best. Accept no imitations!

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