Free piano sheet music from Little Richard
About Little Richard
Little Richard is the stage name of American musician and songwriter Richard Wayne Penniman that has a career lasting over half a century in which he laid the foundation for rock and roll through his charismatic scene presence and dynamic melodies.
With influence even upon other genres such as soul, funk, or even rock and rap, he has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, as well as receiving awards from Lifetime Achievement Awards from The Recording Academy and the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. We are now happy to have this iconic figure on our database and we hope to be able to provide our users with many fresh and free piano sheets for his songs.
His stage name comes from a childhood nickname, which he preserved along the years when he began singing in church at an early age and even to his later years, when he became famous. Singing on stage during a church concert, he has been applauded and soon was able to perform in more and more travelling shows, making him perform "Caldonia" for Dr Hudson’s Medicine Show soon after.
Since then, he has earned a reputation as a drag performer and soon enough he recorded eight sides for RCA Camden, "Every Hour" becoming a blue balad and his first single in his native town of Georgia. Learning to play boogie-woogie piano and starting to perform with more and more new names, he formed an R&B band with whom he played for a while. His piano skills even from his early years were terrific and we highly think that his songs will offer us beautiful piano sheets to share with our users.
Starting to record during 1955 at the J&M Studios, where he started to work on a song that will ultimately become the famous "Tutti Frutti", released as a single that November. Becoming an instant hit and reaching second on Billboard’s Rhythm and Blues Best-Sellers charts, it sold over a million copies.
His next hit was "Long Tall Sally"from 1956 and that year he has had nine hits, from recordings such as "Slippin’ and Slidin’", "Ready Teddy", "The Girl Can’t Help It", "Lucille" or "Rip It Up", his fame continuing to rise in 1957 with "Jenny Jenny" and "Keep A-Knockin’" or later with "Good Golly Miss Molly". Releasing his first album in 1957, titled "Here’s Little Richard", he became a millionaire.
Later recording gospel songs such as "He’s Not Just a Soldier" or "Crying in the Chapel", as well as "He Got What He Wanted", he toured and concerted for a while, with rising European fame. Signing in 1964 with Vee-Jay Records, he released the album "Little Richard Is Back(And There’s a Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On!)" and later produced two albums with Larry Williams, "The Explosive Little Richard" and "Little Richard’s Greatest Hits", in 1966 and 1967.
In 1970 the album "The Rill Thing" came out, but until later, his career didn’t expand as much, writing less and less music. That lasted until 1986, when the hit "Great Gosh A’Mighty" made him release another album titled "Lifetime Friend" for Warner Bros’ Records.
We hope that his 60 years of activity in music can provide us with many songs to transition into nice piano sheets to feature on PianoForge, so stay tuned for more rock’n roll material!
|Birth Name:||Richard Wayne Penniman|
|Born:||December 5, 1932 in Macon, Georgia, United States|
|Genres:||R&B, rock and roll, gospel, soul|
|Labels:||RCA Camden, Peacock, Specialty, End, Goldisc Records, Little Star Records, Mercury, Atlantic, Vee-Jay, Modern, Okeh, Brunswick, Reprise, K-Tel, Warner Bros., Disney|
|Associated acts:||Billy Wright, Larry Williams, Don Covay, Billy Preston, Jimi Hendrix|