While the world is mourning the loss of rock and roll pioneer Little Richard, his music lives on as a testament to his enduring talent and legacy.
Often referred to as “The Innovator, The Originator, and The Architect of Rock and Roll,” Little Richard influenced legions of artists including the Beatles, James Brown, David Bowie and Prince.
Known for his fierce piano playing, falsetto voice and a flamboyant stage presence, Little Richard helped shape various musical genres including soul, funk, rhythm and blues and rock.
Check out 11 of Little Richard's biggest and greatest hits.
Recorded in 1955, “Tutti Frutti” became Little Richard’s first big hit and contains the bombastic opening line, “A-wop-bom-a-loo-mop-a-lomp-bam-boom.”
Good Golly Miss Molly
Little Richard’s 1958 hit is a rock and roll standard that has been recorded by hundreds of artists.
Long Tall Sally
The 1956 single reached the top of the Billboard R&B chart and remained at #1 for six weeks.
The Girl Can’t Help It
“The Girl Can’t Help It” was the title song to the 1956 Jayne Mansfield movie and was originally set to be recorded by Fats Domino.
Keep a Knockin’
Recorded in 1957, “Keep a Knockin’” went to #8 on the pop charts and was featured in the theatrical trailer for the 1990 film “Home Alone.”
The 1957 hit made it to #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Little Richard re-recorded “Lucille” multiple times throughout his career. The song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002.
Rip It Up
First released by Little Richard in 1956, “Rip It Up” was also recorded by Elvis Presley, Bill Haley and the Comets, Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly, among others.
Slippin’ And Slidin’
The 1956 hit was also the B-side to “Long Tall Sally.”
Three months after Little Richard released it in 1956, Elvis Presley sang “Ready Teddy” during his first appearance on“The Ed Sullivan Show.”