Monday, May 28, 2012

40 Year Itch: Southern Child

In May of 1972 Little Richard wrapped the last of his string of poorly selling albums for Reprise Records by knocking out ten tracks for the album Southern Child. Despite shooting an album cover with Little Richard milking a cow, Southern Child wasn't released until, get this, January 2005 ( 32 years later on a Rhino Records anthology). You won't find a piano on any track. And you won't hear any squealing. This is Richard Wayne Penniman rediscovering his roots, perhaps inspired by Taj Mahal, with some of the best session musicians around ( Earl Palmer on drums, Lee Allen on sax and "Sneaky" Pete Kleinow on pedal steel). 

The track "If You Pick Her Too Hard (She Comes Out of Tune") has hit legend status in the blogosphere thanks to Moistworks among others. 

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