LITTLE RICHARD IS BACK (And There’s a Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On!)

Little Richard Is Back (And There’s a Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On!)

Released August 1964
Recorded June 30 1964 – August 31 1964
Genre Rock and roll
Length 39:22
Label Vee-Jay

Little Richard Is Back (And There’s a Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On!) was Little Richard’s seventh original album, and his first rock music album in five years.

Although the records kept in the Vee-Jay Records vaults aren’t terribly accurate (many even disputing whether or not Jimi Hendrix played guitar on some tracks) it’s believed that Richard stepped into the recording studios on June 30th, 1964 and had a further six sessions until May/June/July 1965, recording forty-six tracks. Over half of these tracks were split between this and the follow-up album, Little Richard’s Greatest Hits, yet the company was not able to do anymore with the unreleased recordings as financial problems caused them to file for bankruptcy in January 1966.

As a result of Vee-Jay Records’s collapse, the archive tracks were gradually released over a period of time, often adding just one unreleased track from the vaults. These four additional albums were released by different labels, firstly by Joy (UK) Records and then Dynasty Records, the last one in 1974, nearly ten years after Richard had stopped recording for the label. Two of these albums featured never-on-l.p. and previously unreleased tracks. A Vee Jay executive said that a session of instrumentals was also cut.

Track listing

“A Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” (Dave Williams, Sunny David)
“Going Home Tomorrow” (Alvin E. Young, Fats Domino)
“Money Honey” (Jesse Stone)
“Only You” (Buck Ram)
“Hound Dog” (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller)
“Goodnight Irene” (Huddie Ledbetter, John Lomax)
“Lawdy Miss Claudie” (Lloyd Price)
“Groovy Little Suzy” (Harry Nelson, John Marascalco)
“Short Fat Fanny” (Larry Williams)
“Cherry Red” (Bill Lazerus, Jack Moon)
“Memories Are Made of This” (Frank Miller, Richard Dehr, Terry Gilkyson)
“Blueberry Hill” (Al Lewis, Larry Stock, Vincent Rose)


Jerry Long – arrangements
George S. Whiteman – cover photography

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