The Fabulous Little Richard

The Fabulous Little Richard

Infobox Album
Name = The Fabulous Little Richard
Type = Studio album
Artist = Little Richard

Released = March 1959
Recorded = September 13 1955-October 18 1957
Genre = Rock and roll
Length =
Label = Specialty Records
Producer = Bumps Blackwell
Reviews = *Allmusic Rating|3|5 [ link]
Last album =
This album = "The Fabulous Little Richard" (1957)
Next album =

"The Fabulous Little Richard" was the third album from Little Richard, and the end of his Rock 'n' Roll period. Released seventeen months after he had left the Specialty Records label, Richard had returned to religion and turned his back on the music that made him famous. Though he would briefly rescind that decision in 1960, and sporadically throughout his career, this album marked the end of his peak period. In order to make the record more accessible to listeners, over half of the tracks featured an overdubbed female backing group.


Richard had received a vision of a plane on fire, and took it as a sign from God to leave showbusiness. He recalled that in 1957: "There were ten days of the tour left to run, but I would not work any more. Our tickets home were bought on the basis of a two-week tour, but I demanded passage back to the States for the total entourage ten days early. The incredible thing is that the plane we were originally scheduled to return on crashed into the Pacific Ocean. That's when I felt that God really had inspired me to do the things I did at the time." White, Charles. (2003). "The Life and Times of Little Richard: The Authorised Biography." Omnibus Press. ] (page 94).

The liner notes of the album observed that Little Richard "is at present deeply engrossed in religious activities, thus sacrificing the millions of dollars he could be earning through personal appearances on television, in motion pictures, and in concerts." Specialty Records. (1959). "The Fabulous Little Richard sleeve notes" Specialty Records. ] . The sleeve notes also claimed that the overdubbed tracks were Little Richard's decision, stating that "Little Richard has added voices on several of these numbers, bringing him closer to the type of church singing he was brought up on, and to which he is now returning." Specialty Records. (1959). "The Fabulous Little Richard sleeve notes" Specialty Records. ] .

Six months after the release of this album Richard would begin to record Gospel music, a genre he continued in - barring a brief dalliance with the Little Star Records label in 1960 - for the next four years. In April 1963 he entered Sam Cooke's studio to begin recording new tracks for Specialty.

Track listing

# "Shake A Hand" o
# "Chicken Little Baby" o
# "All Night Long"
# "The Most I Can Offer (Just My Heart)" o
# "Lonesome and Blue"
# "Wonderin'" o
# "She Knows How To Rock"
# "Kansas City"
# "Directly From My Heart" o
# "Maybe I'm Right" o
# "Early One Morning"
# "I'm Just A Lonely Guy" o
# "Whole Lotta Shaking Going On"

o = Overdubbed track by unspecified female vocal group


*Little Richardvocals, piano
*Lee Allentenor sax
*Alvin "Red" Tylerbaritone sax
*Frank Fieldsbass
*Earl Palmerdrums
*Edgar Blanchard – guitar


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