The annals of rock have been filled with colorful characters, but few can compare to Richard Penniman, a.k.a. Little Richard. Over the course of just eighteen months beginning in 1955, the man who has called himself The King and Queen of Rock and Roll recorded the songs that laid the foundation of the genre, notching seventeen R&B Top 10s – four of which also made the Pop Top 10. After that initial burst of fame, however, Richard retreated from the spotlight. The new box set Directly from My Heart: The Best of the Specialty and Vee-Jay Years boasts three discs of a-wop-bom-a-loo-mop-a-lomp-bom-bom as it chronicles both the exhilarating rock scorchers that established the Little Richard legend as well as key, less well-known sides from both before and after he changed the course of popular music.
The collection contains Richard’s classics as well as B-sides and rarities. Also included is a 30-plus page illustrated booklet featuring a handful of rare photos plus new liner notes by singer/songwriter/music historian Billy Vera. – See more at: http://www.rockcellarmagazine.com/2015/04/23/little-richard-directly-from-my-heart-box-set-details/#sthash.lwkeiQv7.dpuf