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Released in 1958, Little Richard’s second album, “Little Richard,” knocks your socks off better than his first. Listen as Little Richard tops his first album with more singing, screaming and impeccable piano playing.
The album’s first track, “Keep A-Knockin’,” kicks off with a drum intro and explodes into the catchy and up-beat tempo that helped the song go to the number two spot on the U.S. R&B charts and number eight on the pop charts. A hum starts out “By the Light of the Silvery Moon.” Little Richard does a great cover of this 1909 classic by putting his own stamp on the leg-shaking song. “Send Me Some Lovin’” is a song dressed in the vocal talent of Little Richard.
The sad, yet up-tempo song, “Boo Hoo Hoo (I’ll Never Let You Go)” is another well sung song in which Richard duels himself on piano and vocals. A saxophone solo enters the bridge with a great groove. “Heebie Jeebies” is fast-paced song that keeps your feet tapping, while “All Around the World” assures his audience that “Rock n’ roll is here to stay.” Like all his early hits, “Good Golly, Miss Molly” quickly became a rock ‘n’ roll standard and has subsequently been covered by hundreds of artists. The song quickly became a classic and is loved by many.
Another cover song, “Baby Face” was a huge hit with audiences at the time, peaking at number 12 on the R&B chart and number 41 on the pop chart. “Hey Hey Hey” was released as the B-side of “Good Golly, Miss Molly,” but it stood on its own as Little Richard makes the song relevant to fans of all genres. “Ooh, My Soul,” is one of the songs that make this album special. The fast-paced track assures his girl that his love is true and to “get up off of that money.”
“The Girl Can’t Help It” is a great example of Little Richards vocal talent with great backing vocals. Released in December of 1956, it peaked at number 49 on the Billboard Top 100 singles chart and number seven on the U.S. R&B charts. Other then “Good Golly,” the final track, “Lucille” is the stand out track of the album. The track starts with the jazzy sound of piano, percussion, saxophones and other instruments. The song became a household name and an international hit making Little Richard’s single a number 21 hit on the U.S. pop chart.
“Little Richard” is an outstanding album that rivals his first and is a lovable collection of music.