Little Richard Research Paper

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 Musicology 120, Section #1 Essay #1 Performer: Little Richard Performer’s Life Span: 1932 – Present Location: Born in Macon, Georgia. He spent his teenage years in Huntsville, Alabama as a student in Oakwood College (now Oakwood University). Currently, Little Richard lives in Los Angeles, California. Band Members: Little Richard was considered a solo artist, even though he had been a member of many bands that he either joined or created. Bio: Little Richard calls himself "The Architect of Rock 'n' Roll”. Now, we might agree or disagree by his self-proclaim in which if he really deserves that title given, however, he is without a doubt one of the most important musical figures of the 1950s. At the age of 13, Richard was…show more content…
His new family owned a club in the city. There, Richard started performing and improving his talent. In 1951, Atlanta radio station announced a musical contest for the best singing performance, and Richard won this contact. He also won an opportunity to record a contract with RCA, a major musical company. Many people consider this record as Richard’s first step toward…show more content…
This song has some cultural elements that are found in the African American society. For example, uncle and aunt in the African American can be referred to father’s and mother’s neighbors and friends. Aside form its degree of filthiness, “Long Tall Sally” fairly goes by the style of songs that Little Richard used to sing in the 1950s. “Long Tall Sally” was like most of Little Richard’s songs in the 1950s; it was the usage of 12-bar blues chord progression that indeed established the foundations for countless country, blues, and rock and roll songs. “Long Tall Sally” shows a huge deal of rhythmic cleverness; it has much dissimilarity with the swung eighth notes of halftime jump blue style rhythm section with Little Richard’s ponding solos, such as his solos on the piano. “Long Tall Sally” also was different from many songs in 1950s in the way it emphasized if not established the element of call and response, stop time, and the instrumental verse of the sax solo. However, “Long Tall Sally” was not different than many African American style of songs; it contained the polyrhythmic syncopation, percussive, and the interaction in all of its
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