The King of Screams; Little Richard

By Mikaela Truong and Colton Wilson

Early Life

  • Little Richard was born on December 5, 1932 in Macon Georgia.
  • Learned how to sing gospel music in churches when he was 10 years old.
  • He started singing in a gospel group the Tiny Tots Quartet when he was 10.
  • When he was a teenager he left the house to perform rhythm and blues at medicine show and night clubs and took the nickname Little Richard.

Influences

  • He was influenced by his gospel group the Tiny Tots Quartet.
  • When the Beatles performed some of his original songs he started creating songs again.
  • Influenced by the following local bands that performed at his part time job, Cab Calloway, Hot Lips Page, Lucky Millinder, and Sister Rosetta Thorpe.

Time Period

  • Born in 1932.
  • During the 1930's the Great Depression (Stock market crashed.) occurred.
  • World War II started in the 1940's.
  • The Cold War started in the 1950's.
  • The Vietnam War started in the 1960's.
  • Desegregation started in the 1970's but some white people still disrespected African American's.

His Music

  • Recorded his first recording in the early 1950's in a "soothing jump-blues style".
  • His first successful hit single was "Tutti Frutti" which was released in 1955.
  • The next year and a half (1956-1957) was very successful, it sold well to both black and white audiences; songs include "Rip It Up", "Long Tall Sally", "Ready Teddy", "Good Golly, Miss Molly", and "Send Me Some Lovin'".
  • He used croons, wails, and screams in his music which was very unusual in music at the time.
  • In 1964 he released a new song called "Bama Lama Bama Loo" after his break, but it wasn't very successful; young kids didn't like it, maybe because it was about the time of his greatest strength.

Interesting Facts

  • Little Richard abandoned his music career at the peak of his fame to enroll in bible college and became a preacher.
  • He became a part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.
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