Little Richard – 1964 UK Special
Little Richard-1964. Recorded in Manchester, UK in November 1963 when Little Richard is touring and gets an invite to perform. It’s to be a part of this special that Granada TV studios is doing for television. While he’s headlining a UK tour featuring, amongst others The Everly Brothers. As well as a virtually unknown band at the time called The Rolling Stones. He finds time to perform. It turns out to be one of the best live performances by him capturing his energetic live and recording it. Commencing with a storming version of William tell overture by Sounds Incorporated, Little Richard opens with Rip It Up, after which The Shirelles sing two numbers and then join with Richard for the gospel number Joy, Joy, Joy.
Little Richard-1964. Part 2 is all Little Richard, with the performance getting more frantic with each number. As he storms through “Lucille” and “Long Tall Sally”. The soulful, “Send Me Some Lovin’ follows before Richard sets the studio alight with, “Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On”, “Hound Dog”, “Good Golly Miss Molly”, “Tutti frutti”, and finishing with a stomping version of “Jenny Jenny.” Originally transmitted on 8th Jan 1964. Imagine doing this with no lip synching, no backing tracks, an actual instruments being used. Sounds like a producer’s nightmare considering that all the running back and forth!
Just pure raw talent performing live on stage for an audience! As for Little Richard, Never has one musician influenced so many, yet not getting the recognition for what he contributed to rock and roll. Seriously, I also think with this performance you hear what a great voice he had. With this performance we truly experience a free master class of how to perform rock ‘n’ roll music!
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