Tuesday, September 3, 2013

"Long Tall Sally" - Little Richard - Live (1956)

This is an outstanding live version of Little Richard performing “Long Tall Sally” on an American TV show from 1956. It’s pure raw rock and roll as only Little Richard could deliver it. Within about 7 more years the Beatles would intersect with Mr. Penniman and he would teach Paul McCartney how to sing this song at the Royal Variety Show for Queen Elizabeth.

Just prior to the show the Fab Four met with Little Richard who showed McCartney how to “ball up some saliva at the back of your throat” and just let it rip! McCartney took the advice and “Ripped It Up” that night and even a few weeks later on Swedish television when he gave the best performance of this song by the Beatles. Just watch Ringo beat the hell out of those drums, and then catch the expression on the face of the emcee as he tries to cope with something he has never experienced before. Beatlemania was about to go worldwide.

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