Rock and Roll Legends
Good golly, happy birthday to Little Richard, born Richard Wayne Penniman on December 5, 1932, in Macon, Georgia. Where would rock and roll be without him and his pioneering? With that in mind, here’s a little bit about his golden oldie “Good Golly Miss Molly.”
The song is credited to songwriter John Marascalco and producer Robert “Bumps” Blackwell, who recorded and released it first with The Valiants. However, Little Richard’s version became the big hit, going to #10 on the Billboard Pop Chart and #4 on the R&B Chart in 1958. The phrase “Good golly, Miss Molly” was from the DJ Jimmy Pennick. Some of the hot piano playing was influenced by the 1951 R&B song “Rocket 88” (recorded by Ike Turner’s Kings of Rhythm and credited to Jackie Bresnton and His Delta Cats). But Little Richard does it all with his own energy and style –the playing, the vocals, and the performance. Over the years, he has brought joy to millions through his music.