Little Richard


Composed by Al Collins / Little Richard

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Arguably "Lucille" is the first song from the 1950s to employ what is now recognized as the standard 4/4 rock & roll beat. Though there may be some arcane example that predates it, the popularity changed the beat of rock & roll forever, eventually moving the swing beat and rockabilly two beat that had been mainstays of the early music off the playing field for good. The riff, a staccato reading of the old blues riff employed on tunes like "Rock Me Baby," also entered the main language of rock & roll, becoming the spawning ground for the many guitar riff-oriented tunes in the late '60s that, in turn, gave rise to heavy metal. The tune is also open to a variety of interpretations; certainly Little Richard's taut original is an excellent blueprint, but the Everly Brothers turned in a fine cover in the early '60s on Warner Bros., their exquisite harmonies providing a totally different slant to this rock & roll classic.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1958 Specialty Records
No Image 1959 Specialty Records
No Image 1968 JDC Records / Specialty Records
No Image 1969 Musical Memories
The Second Coming [Charly] 1971 Charly Records 2:16
No Image 1972
Original Soundtrack
Bell 3:32
No Image 1975 Charly Records
No Image 1976 MFP
Little Richard [Timeless] 1977 Timeless Treasures 2:12
The Essential 1985 Specialty Records 2:23
The Best of 50's Jumpin' Jive 1986
Various Artists
Priority Records
50's Dance Party 1987
Various Artists
Dominion / Dominion 2:26
King of Rock 'n' Roll [Entertainers] 1988 Entertainers
No Image 1988
Various Artists
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: 1957 - Still Rockin' 1988
Various Artists
The Specialty Sessions [Box Set] 1989 Ace
The Specialty Sessions 1989 Specialty Records 2:25
His Greatest Recordings 1990 Ace
Dance Party: Roaring 50's 1990
Various Artists
Delta Music Ltd. / Delta Distribution 2:26
No Image 1990 Motown
The Georgia Peach 1991 Specialty Records 2:24
No Image 1991 Laserlight 2:25
Rhythm & Blues: 1957 1991
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
The Wildest! 1993 Charly Records 2:28
The E.P. Collection 1993 See For Miles Records
His Best 1993 Dominion / Dominion 2:25
Hits of the 50's, Vol. 2 [Elap] 1993
Various Artists
Elap Records 2:26
The Specialty Story [Box] 1994
Various Artists
Specialty Records 2:23
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Cascade Records 2:28
Mega Mix 1995 K-Tel Distribution 1:59
Golden Hits of the 50's & 60's 1995
Various Artists
Galaxy Music
The Best of Little Richard [Platinum Pop] 1995 Platinum Pop 2:14
No Image 1995 Prime Cuts
Killer Cuts 1995 Public Music 2:32
Greatest Songs 1995 Curb 2:25
No Image 1996 ITC Masters 2:26
The London Rock & Roll Show 1996
Various Artists
Magnum Collectors 1:56
World of Rock N Roll 1996
Various Artists
ZYX Music 2:25
Best of Little Richard [1997 Madacy] 1997 Madacy 2:25
Greatest Rock & Roll Party, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
Great Hits 2:28
Golden Rock & Roll Hits of the 50's, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
Galaxy Music 2:13
Preacher King of Rock N' Roll 1997 Classic World Productions, Inc. 2:26
Little Richard [Valmark] 1997 Valmark
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
The Greatest Rock & Roll Party Ever 1997
Various Artists
Disky 2:29
Cruisin' [Crimson] 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
Black Diamond: Live at Mad Russian 1998 Pilot 3:21
Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll [Fine Tune] 1998
Various Artists
Fine Tune 1:15
Great 1998 Goldies
The Best of Little Richard [Cleopatra] 1998 Pegasus/Cleopatra / Cleopatra 2:33
Non-Stop Dancing [Madacy] 1998
Various Artists
Madacy 2:20
Non Stop Hits: R&R of 50's 60's & 70's 1998
Various Artists
Madacy 2:31
Ultimate Legends of Rock 'N' Roll 1998
Various Artists
The Ultimate Music Collection 2:26
The Best of Little Richard [Madacy] 1999 Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:25
Hard Rock Cafe: Great Balls of Fire 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 2:29
The Original British Hit Singles 1999 Ace 2:26
Lucille [Sound Dimension] 1999 Magic / London Disques 2:22
Crazy in Alabama 1999
Original Soundtrack
Silva America 2:28
The Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Album of All Time 1999
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 2:25
Rock 'N' Roll Hits 1999 Dressed To Kill 2:25
Little Richard [ARC] 2000 The Magic Collection 2:20
Cocodrilo Club 2000
Various Artists
Tempo 2:16
The Very Best of 2000 Prestige Elite Records 2:26
Roots of Rock 'N' Roll 2000 Direct Source 2:32
Rock 'n' Roll Memories [Box Set] 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:32
Whole Lotta Shakin' [Legend] 2000 Delta Distribution / Legend 2:33
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Great Little Richard 2000 Red X
The Best of the Vee-Jay Years, Vol. 1 2000 Collectables 2:14
Rockin' and Rollin' with Little Richard 2000 Laserlight / Delta Distribution 2:33
Hits of the 50's, Vol. 4 [Legacy] 2001
Various Artists
Legacy 2:26
Talking 'Bout Soul 2001 RPM 2:02
Forever Gold: Roots of Rock 'N' Roll 2001
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:14
Blast from the Past: Little Richard 2001 Direct Source 2:15
Specialty Records Greatest Hits 2001
Various Artists
Specialty Records 2:27
Tutti Frutti [Columbia River] 2001 Columbia River Entertainment Group / Allegro Corporation 2:16
Rock N Roll Classics [Columbia River] 2001
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:13
Rock 'N Roll and Rockabilly Inferno 2001
Various Artists
Stardust Records 2:29
Soul Classics [Columbia River] 2001
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:13
All-Time Greatest Hits 2002 Dominion Entertainment / K-Tel / K-Tel Distribution 2:25
Very Best 2002 BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) 2:16
Rocking with the Georgia Peach 2002 Snapper / Recall (UK) 2:15
The Fabulous Fifties 2002
Various Artists
Keep a Knockin': The Best of Little Richard 2002 Repertoire 2:29
Soul R&B Hits, Vol. 1 2002
Various Artists
Essential Records
The London Rock & Roll Show [CD] 2002
Various Artists
The Store for Music
Louisiana Piano Rhythms 2003
Various Artists
Rhino 2:28
20 Greatest Hits [Platinum Disc] 2003 Platinum Disc 2:21
Rock and Roll Generation, Vol. 1 2003
Various Artists
Compendia Music Group 2:26
Rockin' with Little Richard 2003 Castle Pulse 2:28
Best of the 50's and 60's, Vol. 3 [United Audio] 2003
Various Artists
United Audio Entertainment 2:27
Jukebox Hits, Vol. 3 2003
Various Artists
United Multi License 2:29
Hall of Fame 2003 Laserlight / Delta Distribution 2:33
1950's American Rock 'N' Roll Classics 2003
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:31
Rock N' Roll Radio: Australia 1957 2003
Various Artists
Rockstar 2:36
Tutti Frutti [Dynamic] 2003 Dynamic 2:18
The Songs That Made Them Famous [K-Tel] [16 Tracks] 2003
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:27
Triple Value: Fifties 2003
Various Artists
Rajon Entertainment Pty Ltd.
Box of Rock 2003
Various Artists
Import 2:24
Gold Collection: Pop Chart Busters 2004
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:31
The Greatest Gold Hits 2004 MCS Records / Master Classics 2:28
Rock N Roll: Gold Collection 2004
Various Artists
Dejavu Retro 2:18
The Rock 'n' Roll Collection [Cadiz] 2004
Various Artists
Pazzazz / Cadiz 2:18
The King of Rock 'n' Roll [Synergy] 2004 SynErgy Entertainment 2:24
Rock N Roll EP Collection, Vol. 2 2004
Various Artists
Radio Cidade 95.9 A Historia Do Rock 2004
Various Artists
The London Rock & Roll Show [Benz-Street DVD] 2005
Various Artists
No Image 2005
Various Artists
No Image 2005
Various Artists
Legacy 2:26
She's Got It 2005 Pazzazz 2:18
The Best of Little Richard [Master Classics] 2005 Master Classics 2:26
No Image 2005 Pop Legends
The World of Rock'n Roll, Vol. 2 2005
Various Artists
ZYX Music 2:28
Baby Face 2005 Pazzazz 2:18
Architect of Rock and Roll 2005 American Legends 2:16
Simply Rock 'N' Roll 2005
Various Artists
Union Square Music 2:16
Best of Little Richard [Direct Source] 2005 Direct Source 2:27
Golden Legends: Little Richard Live 2006 Madacy 2:30
Best of Little Richard [Platinum Disc] 2006 Platinum Disc 2:30
The Best of Little Richard: The Vee Jay Years 2006 Metro 2:16
Golden Rockin Hits 2006 CBUJ Distribution 2:28
Tutti Frutti [Magic] 2006 Magic
Fabulous 50s: Yakety Yak 2006
Various Artists
Laserlight 2:30
Here's Little Richard/Little Richard 2006 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab 2:23
No Image 2006 CD Horizon
The History of Rock 'N' Roll 2006
Various Artists
Deja Vu
50s Greatest Hits [MCP] 2007
Various Artists
MCP 2:13
Classics 2007 KRB Music 2:28
Number 1 R&B Hits of the 50s 2007
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:30
No Image 2007
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:25
Starpower 2008 Bell 2:21
Long Tall Sally [LT Series] 2008 Lt Series
1957 British Hit Parade, Pt. 1 2008
Various Artists
Acrobat 2:22
Rock 'N' Roll Live: The Gold Album 2008
Various Artists
Retro Records
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Delta 2:27
Rock 'N' Roll Legends 2008 Concord 2:26
Rock 'N' Roll: The Essential Collection 2008
Various Artists
Avid Jazz / West End Records 2:25
A Legend in Rock 'n' Roll 2008 Music & Melody / ZYX Music 2:26
101 Rock 'N' Roll Songs 2008
Various Artists
Virgin 2:23
Eis Am Stiel Very Best Of - Die Schonsten Hits Der Und 60er Jahre! 2008
Various Artists
Edel Entertainment / Edel Records 2:27
The Very Best of Little Richard [Specialty] 2008 Fantasy / Specialty Records / Universal 2:24
Purely Rock N Roll 2008
Various Artists
Delta Distribution / Tbc 2:28
Rock Around the Clock [Gift of Music] 2008
Various Artists
Classical Records / The Gift of Music 2:24
Rock 'N' Roll [Intro] 2008
Various Artists
Intro 2:15
Great Fifties Collection 2008
Various Artists
Red X
Malt Shop Favorites [Madacy 2008] 2008
Various Artists
Madacy 2:31
Rock 'N' Roll Hit Mix 2008
Various Artists
Euro Trend / Eurotrend 0:53
Rock Around the Clock [Union Square] 2008
Various Artists
Union Square Music 2:15
Live at the Toronto Peace Festiveal 1969 [Video] 2009 Shout! Factory
No Image 2009 Cleopatra
The Roots of Gram Parsons 2009
Various Artists
Snapper 2:12
When Dad Was a Lad: Hits of the Fifties 2009
Various Artists
Hallmark Recordings 2:25
The  Roots of AC/DC: The 60's & 70's Collection 2009
Various Artists
Snapper / Snapper Music 2:10
Superhits of the 50's: Best of the Best 2009
Various Artists
Luxury Multimedia 2:24
Rips It Up: The Hits, Early Recordings & More 2009 Golden Stars 2:25
100 Hits of the 50s [Tring]
Various Artists
Tring 2:27
25 Rock 'N' Roll Hits, Vol. 4
Various Artists
Tring 2:25
50's EMI Music Distribution
No Image
Various Artists
Delta 2:32
Box of Rock [Disc 10]
Various Artists
Rajon Entertainment Pty Ltd. 2:24
No Image LM
No Image
Various Artists
X5 2:05
No Image Grudge
No Image Bella Edition 2:28
No Image Camden
London Rock & Roll Show-50's
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
No Image Starlite
No Image Phantom
No Image
Various Artists
No Image Charly Records
No Image
Various Artists
No Image
Various Artists
Dominion Entertainment 2:25
No Image
Various Artists
Audio Fidelity
The Beatles: Day by Day -- The Originals
Various Artists
Mischief 2:28
Twogether Rock N Roll
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
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