Little Richard (1955)
Little Richard, the screaming, preening, scene-stealing wild man of early rock ‘n’ roll with hits like Tutti Frutti and Long Tall Sally, died Saturday at 87. Rest in peace, and thank you for your contribution to rock ‘n’ roll.
Released in 1955, “Tutti Frutti” was Little Richard’s first big hit, making him a household name nearly overnight. The song has been heavily covered over the years by artists like Elvis Presley, the MC5, Pat Boone and Sting, among many others. In 2010, “Tutti Frutti” was added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry, as it “heralded a new era in music”.
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