50 Years Ago Today – Little Richard Records “Lucille” (Watch Live ’73)

50 years ago today (1/16/57). Little Richard recorded his iconic hit “Lucille.”Released on Specialty Records in February 1957, the single reached number 1 on the Billboard R&B chart, 21 on the US pop chart. It was composed by Albert Collins and Little Richard and was one of the first rock songs to feature a lower register and also for its lyrical content.Pushing boundaries for the times, Richard has said the roots of the pining tale tied to a drag queen that used to hang around Macon, Georgia. Watch this classic version in color from 1973….

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  1. Great footage from the 1973 classic, “Let The Good Time Roll.” This documentary covering the Richard Nader Rock-n-Roll Revival shows should be released in Blu-ray and DVD forms. There are wonderful live performances by Chuck Berry, The Shirelles, The Coasters, Bo Diddley, Chubby Checker, Bill Haley and His Comets, and Danny and the Juniors. It was a great film that deserves rerelease!

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