On this day in music history: February 10, 1956 - “Long Tall Sally” by Little Richard is recorded. Written by Robert “Bumps” Blackwell, Enortis Johnson and Richard Penniman, it is the first R&B chart topper for the singer and musician from Macon, GA. Recorded at the J&M Studio in New Orleans, LA, it is issued as Richard’s second single on Specialty Records (b/w “Slippin’ And Slidin’”) in March of 1956. It becomes his first R&B number one and first top ten pop hit peaking at #6. It out charts a competing version by Pat Boone which peaks at #12. Richard’s breakneck vocal phrasing is designed specifically to make it difficult for Boone to sing after he covers “Tutti Frutti” and scores a bigger pop hit with it. “Long Tall Sally” becomes a rock & roll standard and among the most covered of Little Richard’s songs, most notably being recorded by The Beatles in 1964. Little Richard’ original recording of “Long Tall Sally” is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1999.
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