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Post  Clem on Thu Aug 15, 2013 2:18 am



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Little Richard:

Voice Type: Woo! (Dramatic) Tenor
Sung Range: F2-E♭5
Total Range: F2-C♯6

Significant High Notes:
C♯6: ("Send Me Some Lovin'")
C6: ("Ready Teddy", "Long Tall Sally", "Rip It Up", "By The Light Of The Silvery Moon", "I'll Never Let You Go", "Heeby Jeebies", "The Girl Can't Help It", "Lucille" Live)
B5: ("All Around The World", "Lucille")
B♭5: ("Baby", "Slippin' And Slidin'", "Ooh! My Soul", "The Girl Can't Help It", Grammy Awards 2008)
A5: ("Long Tall Sally", "Miss Ann", "She's Got It", "Good Golly Miss Molly")
G♯5: ("Tutti Frutti", "Keep A Knockin'")
G5: ("True Fine Mama", "I Can't Believe You Wanna Leave", "Ready Teddy", "Miss Ann", "Oh Why?", "I'll Never Let You Go", "Good Golly Miss Molly", "Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey")
F♯5 ("Jenny, Jenny", "Send Me Some Lovin'")
F5: ("Tutti Frutti", "Long Tall Sally", "She's Got It", "Ooh! My Soul")
E♭5: ("All Night Long" Demo)
D5: ("I Can't Believe You Wanna Leave", "Good Golly, Miss Molly")
C♯5: ("Baby", "Send Me Some Lovin'")
C5: ("Tutti Frutti", "Ready Teddy", "Slippin' And Slidin'", "Rip It Up", "She's Got It", "Baby" Demo, "All Night Long" Demo, "I'll Never Let You Go", "Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey", "Ooh! My Soul")
B4: ("True Fine Mama", "Long Tall Sally", "Keep A Knockin'", "I'll Never Let You Go")
B♭4: ("True Fine Mama", "I Can't Believe You Wanna Leave", "Baby", "Long Tall Sally", "Miss Ann", "By The Light Of The Silvery Moon", "Good Golly Miss Molly", "Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey", "Lucille")
A4: ("Jenny, Jenny", "By The Light Of The Silvery Moon", "Send Me Some Lovin'", "I'll Never Let You Go")

Significant Low Notes:
C3: ("Tutti Frutti", "Long Tall Sally", "Baby Face")
B2: ("I Can't Believe You Wanna Leave")
B♭2: ("Baby")
G♯2: ("Keep A Knockin'")
G2: ("Slippin' And Slidin'", "Good Golly, Miss Molly" Live, "All Around The World")
F2: ("Oh Why?", "Rip It Up", "Jenny, Jenny", "She's Got It", "Heeby Jeebies")

*Orange marks notes with questionable registers: absolutely no use figuring out these.
*Blue marks probable non-modal notes.
*Red marks extremely bad, unimpressive or unintentional notes.
*Italics mark non-sung notes.


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As a recording artist, "Little Richard". Known for his tenor voice, hollered delivery and charming showmanship, Little Richard is considered by many as one of the greatest Rock 'N' Roll singers of his generation. Richard's technique was much more accomplished than many of his peers, utilising mixed voice belts as well as excellently controlled falsetto notes when many of his contemporaries like Bill Haley and Elvis Presley worked almost entirely within the confines of their baritone tessituras. Little Richard's ability to blend mixed/head voice belts as well as his trademark falsetto howls into his songs seamlessly helped him gain the reputation of being a very accomplished singer. Whilst his lows garnered less attention, he produced notes as low as F2 with good control and tone. Another talking point would be how well his voice lasted throughout his career. Even in his late 70s, Little Richard still displayed more than acceptable renditions of even his most technically demanding songs. It was only around the time of his near-fatal heart attack, which saw him eventually retire at the age of 80, that his live performances saw a very significant decline.


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Re: Little Richard

Post  WhySoSirius...Black? on Thu Aug 15, 2013 2:57 am


B♭4's and non-sung F5's.

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Post  WhySoSirius...Black? on Thu Aug 15, 2013 2:59 am

And don't forget this -
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*Orange marks notes with questionable registers: absolutely no use figuring out these.
*Blue marks probable non-modal notes.
*Red marks extremely bad, unimpressive or unintentional notes.
*Italics mark non-sung notes.


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Re: Little Richard

Post  Clem on Thu Aug 15, 2013 3:07 am

WhySoSirius...Black? wrote:
B♭4's and non-sung F5's.
I actually hear a slide up to C6 at 0:33 and a howled topping at A5 at 0:44
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Re: Little Richard

Post  Michael Bolton on Thu Aug 15, 2013 3:10 am

His G5 on "I'm Just a Lonely Guy" is incredible. Hell, the whole performance rocks.
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Re: Little Richard

Post  augusto93 on Thu Aug 15, 2013 3:49 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5VgJrE86oQ at 5:39 a D5 or something near...Amazing Performance with Tom Jones....the last song is " Good Golly miss molly".
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWXz-FSq8dg at 5:14 low note....Little Richard with John Fogery and Jerry Lee Lewis..again " Good Golly miss molly".
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Re: Little Richard

Post  augusto93 on Thu Aug 15, 2013 3:51 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgFif6AFVkc good low notes all over the song...." Peace in the valley"
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Re: Little Richard

Post  Clem on Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:20 am

I'm hearing a Bb6 at 1:29 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhY2CKQotLM
sounds kind of like whistle register, but I think it might just be some microphone clipping overtones.
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Post  My Fairy King on Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:35 am

There's a B♭5 at 1:16...

There are a bunch of D6s, for example at 0:36!

Also, His highest note ever hit seems to be an E♭6, You can find It in his vocal range video on Youtube!
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Re: Little Richard

Post  Clem on Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:50 am

Arcaedion wrote:There's a B♭5 at 1:16...

There are a bunch of D6s, for example at 0:36!

Also, His highest note ever hit seems to be an E♭6, You can find It in his vocal range video on Youtube!
Yeah it's a good video, but the songs aren't titled sadly Sad plus I like doing a little notewatching, just in case I uncover something new.
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Post  My Fairy King on Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:59 am

Sadly Yes, The Songs Titles are not listed...
There's a D6, naturally a non-modal note, at 1:00...
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Re: Little Richard

Post  bradphone on Sat Sep 21, 2013 7:12 am


5:35 Insane scream, 76 years old !!!!!
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Post  Clem on Sat Sep 21, 2013 7:22 am

bradphone wrote:
5:35 Insane scream, 76 years old !!!!!
I'd say I hear an orange Bb5 here. Very impressive for a man of his age. I consider it a notable high, and shall add it to the list.
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Post  R.I.P. Rapport Rapturer on Sat Sep 21, 2013 8:15 pm

Michael Bolton wrote:His G5 on "I'm Just a Lonely Guy" is incredible. Hell, the whole performance rocks.
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Re: Little Richard

Post  Clem on Sat Sep 21, 2013 10:03 pm

Meager Smotherer wrote:
Michael Bolton wrote:His G5 on "I'm Just a Lonely Guy" is incredible. Hell, the whole performance rocks.
I'm adding all the studio notes as I go through the discography, so I don't forget where I'm up to (So many albums Razz ) but if anyone finds a good live one I can break chronological order, since many were at awards shows etc, and won't be mentioned in the discography. But don't worry, I shall add the note in when the song comes around on discography Very Happy 
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Re: Little Richard

Post  bradphone on Mon Nov 04, 2013 7:06 am


Its even worse than Chuck Berry nowadays...
Where is his vocal power? Where is his stamina?
After each word it sounds like he needs to go on Oxygen.
I know he is 80... but that other performance i posted was 4 years ago and he was great there...

He still hits those F5s effortless in this performance, but please... pleaasseee... retire..
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Post  Clem on Mon Nov 04, 2013 7:13 am

bradphone wrote:
Its even worse than Chuck Berry nowadays...
Where is his vocal power? Where is his stamina?
After each word it sounds like he needs to go on Oxygen.
I know he is 80... but that other performance i posted was 4 years ago and he was great there...

He still hits those F5s effortless in this performance, but please... pleaasseee... retire..
He actually did retire VERY recently, as his health was suffering. Going on until 80 is very impressive, in any case. Even if the performances at the end weren't quite as powerful as before.
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Post  Guest on Mon Nov 04, 2013 7:19 am

bradphone wrote:
Its even worse than Chuck Berry nowadays...
Where is his vocal power? Where is his stamina?
After each word it sounds like he needs to go on Oxygen.
I know he is 80... but that other performance i posted was 4 years ago and he was great there...

He still hits those F5s effortless in this performance, but please... pleaasseee... retire..
Why? The audience and Richard look like they're having fun! As long as he is in good health, and isn't performing to people pretending to be vocal-experts, he should keep performing.
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Post  Gregsynthbootlegs on Mon Nov 04, 2013 7:41 am

Least he could still play his instrument well (unlike Chuck Berry nowadays) when he was in his later years and retired with his dignity.
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Post  bradphone on Mon Nov 04, 2013 8:02 am

I didn`t knew he retired.. this is a recent performance right? Allthough i take my words back.. i read something about him having a broken hip and he couldn`t have surgery for it because he`s too old. So i now understand his lacking performance here and i have tons of respect for him!
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Post  rustyfo on Mon Nov 04, 2013 8:30 am

Yeah that is pretty harsh Bradphone, although I'm sure you didn't mean to be. Try asking Usain Bolt to do a 100m sprint when he's 80 Very Happy Obviously not a perfect analogy, but still.. He's 80!
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Re: Little Richard

Post  bradphone on Sat Nov 16, 2013 12:06 pm



0:47 C6
1:00 C#6?
1:13 F5
1:30 C6
1:40 C6
1:52 - 1:54 C6s
2:30 Bb5
2:50 C6
3:50 G5

He was 70 here!!

Some of those C6s sounds black to me!
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Post  Clem on Sun Nov 17, 2013 1:44 am

bradphone wrote:

0:47 C6
1:00 C#6?
1:13 F5
1:30 C6
1:40 C6
1:52 -  1:54 C6s
2:30 Bb5
2:50 C6
3:50 G5

He was 70 here!!

Some of those C6s sounds black to me!
Some very well produced highs for a 70 year old man! However, even though Little Richard was once able to produce black C6s (and even higher!), using a light head voice technique, by this stage his highs were all falsettos. No black high notes here, but certainly a few good blue ones.
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Re: Little Richard

Post  ImWanderingif on Thu Dec 18, 2014 9:33 am

Aleksiempainen wrote:
bradphone wrote:

0:47 C6
1:00 C#6?
1:13 F5
1:30 C6
1:40 C6
1:52 -  1:54 C6s
2:30 Bb5
2:50 C6
3:50 G5

He was 70 here!!

Some of those C6s sounds black to me!
Some very well produced highs for a 70 year old man! However, even though Little Richard was once able to produce black C6s (and even higher!), using a light head voice technique, by this stage his highs were all falsettos. No black high notes here, but certainly a few good blue ones.

that's very interesting, i always wondered how could he do these screams, is there any other singer who uses this technique ?
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Post  Clem on Thu Dec 18, 2014 10:09 am

ImWanderingif wrote:
Aleksiempainen wrote:
bradphone wrote:

0:47 C6
1:00 C#6?
1:13 F5
1:30 C6
1:40 C6
1:52 -  1:54 C6s
2:30 Bb5
2:50 C6
3:50 G5

He was 70 here!!

Some of those C6s sounds black to me!
Some very well produced highs for a 70 year old man! However, even though Little Richard was once able to produce black C6s (and even higher!), using a light head voice technique, by this stage his highs were all falsettos. No black high notes here, but certainly a few good blue ones.

that's very interesting, i always wondered how could he do these screams, is there any other singer who uses this technique ?

The most similar one I can think of right now would be James Brown. Some of his screams have that similar sort of quality produced by that head voice technique with a little soft palette distortion. Mike Patton's mid-upper 5th octave screams are also that sort of technique although a little more crazy sounding lol. There's plenty of singers in pretty much all genres that use heady sounding screams with a little fryish rasp to them but naturally they don't always sound much like Little Richard. He had a very distinctive voice.
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