This week’s Lost Treasure salutes the mighty Little Richard who has just passed on. From 1962 on Little Star Records, it’s the World Famous Upsetters covering a Fats Domino tune “Every Night About This Time” which is the B-side of another fats Domino song: “Yes It’s Me (I’m In Love Again)”. Little Richard ended his association with original label Specialty Records over dissatisfaction with their percentage of royalties in 1959. Around this time he retreated from the R&B & rock music scene to take up the ministry & also recorded some gospel music for End Records, eventually ending up signing with Mercury in 1961. However, after touring with Sam Cooke in Europe & meeting the Beatles, he realized his rock n roll persona was very much in demand. Conflicted with his Christian ministry optics, he decided to record some R&B songs for Little Star Records using the name of his then current backing band – the World Famous Upsetters, rather than using his own name on the records. With his main public persona as that of a Christian minister, he would record secular R&B under the band’s name from 1958-1966 while releasing gospel records under his own name. “Every Night About This Time” is a straight-up blues number & Little Richard elevates the song with his cover version in comparison to the original. Listeners will immediately recognize his voice on the spoken intro of the song. At Puget Sound Media we have all the musical bases covered – whether it be Steven Smith’s Found Performances showcasing the great hits of the past or the songs beyond the hits on Lost Treasures. Have a great weekend!
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