Product Dimensions: 8”x10” photo in 11”x14” matte
Author/Artist: Center for Southern Folklore Archives
This photograph shows the original concert promotional poster advertising Little Richard and The Zionnaires' performance at the Ellis Auditorium in Memphis, Tennessee on April 2, 1959. Singer, songwriter, and pianist, Little Richard began performing in the 1940s and was a key figure in the transition from rhythm & blues to rock and roll in the mid-1950s. His early work was a mix of boogie-woogie, rhythm and blues and gospel music, but with a heavily accentuated back-beat, funky saxophone grooves and raspy, shouted vocals, moans, screams, and other emotive inflections that marked a new kind of music. Little Richard has had many hit singles, such as Tutti Frutti, Long Tall Sally, The Girl Can't Help It and Good Golly, Miss Molly. In 1986, Little Richard was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.