The Formative Years 1951-53

The Formative Years 1951-53

by Little RichardLittle Richard


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Several years before permanently altering cultural history with an incendiary new kind of dance music issued on 78 rpm platters that bore the black and yellow Specialty logo, Little Richard made his first recordings for the Victor and Peacock labels. In 1989, Bear Family released The Formative Years 1951-53, containing 16 of these historic performances appended with six alternate takes. By dishing out swinging rhythm & blues infused with a New Orleans kick, Little Richard was laying the ground for a much rowdier, edgier manifestation that would eventually envelop him and the entire nation in a defiant and recklessly joyous catharsis called rock & roll. Without these fine R&B records, wouldn't none of that come together the way that it did. If you take this collection, combine it with the Specialty recordings and use selections from the Vee Jay catalog for a chaser, you'll be in a good position to draw your own conclusions regarding what this amazing individual recorded later in life.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/27/1994
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127154484
catalogNumber: 15448
Rank: 89248

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Little Richard   Primary Artist,Vocals
Johnny Otis   Vibes
Fred Jackson   Tenor Saxophone
J. Williams   Drums
Leard Bell   Drums
Billy Brooks   Vocals
Fred Ford   Baritone Saxophone
Walter Henry   Baritone Saxophone
Lorenzo Holden   Trumpet
Wesley Jackson   Guitar
Pete "Guitar" Lewis   Guitar
William Mays   Trumpet,Leader
George Washington   Trombone
Devonia Williams   Piano
Albert Winston   Bass
Willie Wilson   Trombone
Jimmy Swan   Vocals
Don Johnson   Trumpet
Raymond Taylor   Organ,Piano,Trombone,Trumpet
George Holloway   Bass
James Van Streeter   Trumpet
J. Wimby   Piano
Albert Dobbins   Alto Saxophone
Barry Lee Gilmore   Vocals
Eddie Williams   Guitar
J. Hudson   Baritone Saxophone
Mildred Taylor   Drums

Technical Credits

Don Robey   Producer
Steve Sholes   Producer
Rick Coleman   Liner Notes
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer

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