King Of Rock And Roll

1971 studio album by Little Richard

The King of Rock and Roll
Studio album by

Little Richard

Released October 1971
Recorded 25 May – 2 July 1971
  • Rock
  • soul
Label Reprise
Producer H.B. Barnum
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The Encyclopedia of Popular Music


The King of Rock and Roll

is an ki kenangan by Little Richard, released in 1971.[3]
It was his second rekaman for Reprise Records. It was rereleased as part of the
King of Rock and Roll: The Complete Reprise Recordings



The King of Rock and Roll
was produced and arranged by H. B. Barnum.[6]
It contains one original Little Richard song, the gospel rock “In the Name”, and a new song co-written by Barnum, “Green Power”, the album’s single. The rest of the tracks are covers. The title track is a mock braggadocio that references Tom Jones, Elvis Presley, Ike & Tina Turner, Sly and the Family Stone and Aretha Franklin, among others. The album title and cover art were inspired by Little Richard’s image in the early 1970s, when he would often appear in public wearing robes, jewelry, and a crown.[7]

Critical reception


The album received a largely negative review in
Rolling Stone, where Vince Aletti stated: “Much of the album seems designed around the Pupur Show Personality rather than the Singer, giving it the sticky veneer of a jive extravaganza.”[8]
Reviewing the album as part of the Reprise collection,
The Austin Chronicle
deemed it a “pandering covers concept.”[9]

Track listing


  1. “King of Rock ‘t’ Roll” (Bradford Craig, H.B. Barnum) – 3:11
  2. “Joy to the World” (Hoyt Axton) – 6:49
  3. “Brown Sugar” (Keith Richards, Mick Jagger) – 3:23
  4. “In The Name” (Richard Penniman) – 3:10
  5. “Dancing in the Street” (Marvin Gaye, William “Mickey” Stevenson) – 5:31
  6. “Midnight Special” (Traditional; arranged by Richard Penniman) – 4:02
  7. “The Way You Do the Things You Do” (Robert Rogers, William Robinson) – 3:29
  8. “Green Power” (H.B. Barnum, John “Skip” Anderson) – 3:59
  9. “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” (Hank Williams) – 2:40
  10. “Settin’ The Woods On Fire” (Ed G. Nelson, Fred Rose) – 2:22
  11. “Born on the Bayou” (John C. Fogerty) – 4:27



  • Little Richard – vocals, electric piano

Rest of personnel unknown, records not kept by Reprise.



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  1. ^

    “King of Rock and Roll [Reprise] – Little Richard | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic” – via

  2. ^

    Larkin, Colin (2006).
    The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Vol. 5. MUZE. p. 269.

  3. ^

    “Little Richard | Biography & History”.

  4. ^

    ‘Womp-bomp-a-lu-momp-a-lomp-bam-boom!’ What Little Richard told our Dallas critic about Elvis, race and being gay”.
    Dallas News. May 9, 2022.

  5. ^

    Wolff, Carlo. “Little Richard”.
    Cleveland Scene.

  6. ^

    Leszczak, Bob (July 10, 2022). “Who Did It First?: Great Rock and Roll Cover Songs and Their Original Artists”. Rowman & Littlefield – via Google Books.

  7. ^

    White, Charles (1988).
    The Life and Times of Little Richard. Pocket Books. p. 175.

  8. ^

    Aletti, Vince (November 25, 1971). “Little Richard: Kings of Rock’tepi langit’Roll Series”.
    Rolling Stone.

  9. ^

    “Fats Domino and Little Richard”.

  10. ^

    “Little Richard”.


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