Song of the Day: Little Richard, “Long Tall Sally”, “Tutti Fruity”

Richard Penniman, better known as Little Richard, was born in Macon, Georgia 90 years ago today. One of the true pioneers of Rock & Roll, he was a huge influence on Paul McCartney, who sang "Long Tall Sally" on The Beatles’ 1964 EP of the same name (the song was later included on the Capitol LP The Beatles’ Second Album). Little Richard’s original was releaed in March 1956 (like I was) and reached #1 on the R&B chart and #6 on the pop chart in the US, the first of his songs to reach the Top Ten on the Hot 100, and it also reached #3 in the UK. The video continues with "Tutti Fruity," which was released in October 1955 and reached #2 on the R&B chart, #18 on the pop chart in the US, and #29 in the UK.

14 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Little Richard, “Long Tall Sally”, “Tutti Fruity”

  1. I love Little Richard and loved when he was on Bill Maher’s show or talk shows. He was so over the top. I bet he had ADD or ADHD. He zooms just like my dog does after coming back from a walk. Loved these 2 songs and that hefty man can dance!

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    1. He used to visit Johnny Carson a lot. One night Johnny had him and Don Rickles on… you can imagine what that was like. Both could dish it out as well as take it…

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  2. As a teenager, there were few things more fun than driving around on a hot Colorado summer night with the windows down and the radio blaring Little Richard. Good memories!

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