Ooh My Soul! 25 Great Little Richard Covers

Ooh My Soul! 25 Great Little Richard Covers

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Little Richard performing with his band, circa 1957. Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images.

His flamboyance and outrageousness were ground-breaking and liberating. His piano playing and vocal delivery were wildly influential – indeed, where would the early Beatles have been without those ‘wooh’s’? His songs, and the songs he made his own (including those by his producer Bumps Blackwell), created the bedrock upon which rock’n’roll was built.

His influence speaks for itself with the extensive list of rock’n’roll pioneers who all recorded versions of his songs. In memory of an unsurpassable icon, we give you 25 great Little Richard covers from the ‘50s and beyond – including some local ones.

Elvis Presley | “Ready Teddy” 

Buddy Holly | "Rip It Up"

Jerry Lee Lewis | "Good Golly Miss Molly"

The Everly Brothers | "Lucille"

The Beatles loved Little Richard, and influenced a new generation worldwide to do the same...

The Beatles | "Ooh My Soul" 

The Kinks | "Long Tall Sally" 

The Animals | "The Girl Can’t Help It" 

The Sonics | "Keep A Knockin'"

Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs | "Jenny Jenny" 

The post-psychedelic return to rock’s roots found Little Richard in favour again....

Creedence Clearwater Revival | "Good Golly Miss Molly" 

Fleetwood Mac | "Jenny Jenny"

The Band | "Slippin' & Slidin'" 

Delaney & Bonnie & Friends with Eric Clapton | Little Richard Medley 

Even early hard-rockers and fledgling punks looked back to where it all started...

The MC5 | "Tutti Frutti" 

Led Zeppelin | "Long Tall Sally" 

Deep Purple | "Lucille"

The Flamin’ Groovies | "Keep A Knockin'"

As did the Sunbury generation here in Australia.

Daddy Cool | "Good Golly Miss Molly" 

Leo DeCastro & Friends | "Lucille" 

And a new generation of Glam Rockers, and even a couple of old Teddy Boys...

Suzi Quatro | "Keep A Knockin'" 

Marc Bolan with Elton John & Ringo Starr | "Tutti Frutti"

Queen | "Tutti Frutti" 

John Lennon | "Rip It Up/Ready Teddy" 

And of course, where would Aussie pub rock be without Little Richard’s raw power?

Cold Chisel | "Rip It Up" 

Powder Monkeys | "Lucille" 

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