Some folks say that Little Richard invented rock 'n' roll. Others say Van Halen did, but those people usually smoke a pack of "Reds" a day and ride dirtbikes even though they're in their twenties and still carry a big comb in their back pockets. If Little Richard didn't invent rock 'n' roll, he's certainly responsible for reshaping its sound and style. By merging Gospel music with Cajun R&B and hyper Boogie-Woogie piano playing, Little Richard spawned a high-voltage, kinetic sound that has influenced everyone from Pat Boone to Jimi Hendrix, as well as almost every British Invasion band of the 1960s. Adrenaline-surged songs like "Tutti Frutti" and "Keep a Knockin" have been covered time and again by artists who appreciate and respect Little Richard's ongoing no-holds-barred electrifying performances and his uplifting, soulful songs. Anyone who has ever tried to sing along with one of his tunes has soon found out that it is nearly impossible to match Little Richard's elasticity and intensity. Just ask Cindy Crawford.
Little Richard Concert Films
Keep on Rockin'
Runtime: 28 minLittle Richard was one of the first great wildmen of rock, with his sky-high pompadour, manic scream and frantically rockin' tunes like "Tutti Frutti" and "Keep A' Knockin'." Keep On Rockin' captures the self-proclaimed "quasar of rock" in fine and unfettered form in this 1969 date at a Toronto festiva
Legends in Concert
Little Richard And Friends
Runtime: 42 minAn American singer-songwriter, musician, recording artist, and actor - Little Richard stars in this fabulous television special, along with performances from other legendary artists including Chuck Berry and Billy Halley.
Little Richard Top Tracks
Runtime: 1 hr 30 minFrom his hardcore '50s Memphis rockabilly start to his symphonic 1960s pop masterpieces and his stunning 1980s comeback, Roy Orbison's uniformly extraordinary recordings still rank today as some of American music's finest. Gifted with a soaring voice that conjured vulnerability and loss with acute precision, the Texas-born singer-songwriter-guitarist wasted no time-- he had his own radio show at age ten and formed his first rock 'n' roll band, The Teen Kings, in 1955. Recording at Sam Phillips' legendary Sun Studios alongside Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash, Orbison was still seeking his ideal sound and, after parting ways with Sun, finally found it, with 1960's ""Only The Lonely."" Orbison's creativity gave birth to a unique, highly individualized, orchestral pop-rock style that resulted in a series of masterpieces and made him an international star. By 1988, Orbison was enjoying a dream comeback: topping the charts with songs that once again cemented his reputation as a pop genius; but ultimately, death claimed him too soon. In Dreams (which marks this legend's 70th Anniversary) is a definitive 90-minute documentary that charts the entire grand trajectory of his unrivaled career and includes in-depth interviews with Roy as well as many of his admirers.
Live at Montreux, 1981
Runtime: 1 hr 20 minWhen the Stray Cats rolled into Montreux in July of 1981 they were one of the hottest properties around. They had 3 hit singles and a UK top 10 album already under their belts along with a string of headlining concerts, all of which had come since their relocation from New York to London in 1980. The band's combination of original songs and rockabilly classics with a punk attitude and style had caught the moment to perfection. Added to this were their considerable musical accomplishments and knack for songwriting. All in all it was a heady concoction and the crowd in Montreux reacted with near hysterical excitement, something rarely seen in what is usually a polite and reserved audience. This is the Stray Cats at their peak.
75th Birthday Concert
Runtime: 2 hr 18 minOn 14th October 1940, a star was born. 75 years to the day the birthday boy performed a very special concert at the iconic Royal Albert Hall to celebrate this momentous occasion.
This amazing live performance will allow you to relive this spectacular night over and over again and enjoy Cliff doing what he loves best, performing his many, many hits and favourite classics spanning his amazing career in front of his incredible fans. Get ready to share your own congratulations with Sir Cliff Richard as he entertains you (along with some Very Special Guests) on this truly unique evening.
The Show Goes On: Live At The Royal Albert Hall
Runtime: 1 hr 54 minNeil Sedaka is one of the most successful songwriters and performers of all time with a career stretching from the fifties to the present day. This concert, filmed in the grandeur of Londons Royal Albert Hall, shows Neil Sedaka entrancing his audience with his characteristic humour and charm while turning in great performances of his best loved hits, introducing new songs and showcasing his talents as a classical pianist.
Jerry Lee Lewis and Friends
Jerry Lee Lewis
Runtime: 1 hrJerry Lee Lewis is one of the founding fathers of Rock n Roll. He was one of the original Sun Records quartet along with Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash who between them defined the music of a generation. His recording career has stretched from the mid-50s to the present day and his unique style of piano playing has influenced scores of musicians over the years.This concert, recorded at Londons Hammersmith Apollo in 1989, features the killer in performances of his classic tracks such as Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On, What Id Say, High School Confidential and Great Balls Of Fire all delivered in his own inimitable fashion.Joining him on stage are a great list of guests including Van Morrison, Dave Edmunds, John Lodge, Brian May, Stuart Adamson and Dave Davies.
The Everly Brothers
Runtime: 1 hr 15 minWhen asked recently for the most memorable moment of his career, Phil Everly replied “the Albert Hall reunion”. It was September 1983, and ten years on from one of the most acrimonious splits in popular music history, when the Everly Brothers, Don and Phil, took to the stage at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The Everlys had dominated the charts in the late fifties and early to mid sixties. Their close harmony singing, acoustic guitars and brilliant songwriting had become instantly recognisable and inspired millions of fans worldwide. On an emotional night in London, the reunion was a success and led to the renewal of their partnership and many more years of success, which continue to this day. Bonus Features: “Rock ‘n’ Roll Odyssey” – this documentary, made at the same time as the Albert Hall reunion, tells the complete story of the Everly Brothers up to that point in time. Don and Phil tell their story with additional contributions from Linda Ronstadt, Chet Atkins and many more.
Classic Albums: Elvis Presley
Runtime: 50 min"It was like the world went from black & white to Technicolor," says Keith Richards of the emergence of Elvis Presley in the mid-'50s, and this look at the King's first official album (the legendary Sun Sessions weren't issued in album form until well after the fact) backs up that claim. The one-hour program (plus 40 minutes of bonus interview material on the program) combines performance footage (the early TV shows are not to be missed), photos, and more to limn Presley's early days, when he combined country, blues, and R&B to forge a unique, galvanizing style. Sun producer Sam Phillips, author Peter Guralnick, Presley's musicians, and others are on hand to provide insight and background. But in the end, of course, it comes down to the music--and when you're talking about the likes of "Blue Suede Shoes," "Tutti Frutti," "Money Honey," and "Heartbreak Hotel" (a single that actually wasn't on the album), "classic" hardly begins to cover it.