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The Very Best of Little Richard

July 21, 2008

            Specialty Records presents the CD release of The Very Best of Little Richard. In stores July 29, 2008.  

“Tutti Frutti” Audio

When Little Richard recorded “Tutti Frutti” in 1955 at Cosimo’s Studio in New Orleans with A&R man Bumps Blackwell, rock ’n’ roll was taken to a thrilling new level. The pounding piano, the high voice and trills, and the sexually suggestive lyrics catapulted the former Richard Penniman to the top of the charts and to legendary status.

On July 29, Specialty Records (now owned by Concord Music Group) will issue The Very Best of Little Richard, a comprehensive 25-track compilation, and the first in 20 years to showcase all the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer’s Specialty hits. The collection features an original pre-rock ‘n’ roll demo, 1955’s “Baby,” plus a rousing live medley of “Ain’t That a Shame/I Got a Woman”/”Tutti Frutti” recorded in Paris in 1964, and a rehearsal take of “Hound Dog” (1956). Billy Vera, himself a rock ‘n’ roll and R&B veteran, wrote the liner notes.

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