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The Chart History of Little Richard RADIO Locale

Updated: May 25

Little Richard is widely regarded as one of the earliest rock ‘n’ roll musicians, having the majority of his chart success in the 1950's. Let’s take a look at how some of his songs have fared on the Official Singles Chart through the years.

Little Richard first emerged on 20 December, 1956, when his song “Rip It Up” entered at number 30. While the song only spent one week on the chart, it would not be long until he would find lasting success. In February of 1957, his song “Long Tall Sally” entered, and over the course of a 16-week run, peaked at number three. While follow-up single “Tutti Frutti” only spent one week on the chart, Little Richard saw a string of success throughout the rest of the year. This includes the number nine-peaking “The Girl Can’t Help It” and the number ten-peaking “Lucille”. Overall, the songs he released as singles in 1957 spent a combined 58 weeks on the chart. In 1958, Little Richard scored his highest-peaking song on the chart when “Baby Face” went to number two. It stayed on the chart for fifteen weeks, and has subsequently become top 40 hits for two artists who later covered it.

While the majority of Little Richard’s hits came over the course of less than a decade, he made his way onto the chart as late as 1989, with a collaboration of “Twins” with Philip Bailey peaking at number 82. Additionally, he notably was one of the inspirations for The Beatles, who many call one of the greatest bands of all time. The evolution of music would not have worked the way it did had it not been for Little Richard.  RADIO Locale