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Appearance on an Australian TV show in 1957 - believed to called "What's My Line'. A photo from the appearance exists but no further information is known.

1962

Thank Your Lucky Stars (UK)

A British television pop music show made by ABC Television, and broadcast on ITV from 1961 to 1966. Many of the top bands performed on it, and for millions of British teenagers it was essential viewing. As well as featuring British artists, American guests were frequent visitors. Sadly most of the episodes (including Little Richard's performance) have been lost, but from surviving footage it would appear that the bands mimed their latest 45.

  • He Got What He Wanted (But He Lost What He Had)

1963

It's Little Richard (UK)

30 minutes of exhilarating footage of a Granada TV special taped in November 1963 and broadcast in the UK, January 1964. The Shirelles provided hand-clapping and vocal support to Richard who was backed by 'Sounds Incorporated'. A later version (minus three songs), titled "Don't Knock The Rock", was shown in the U.S.A. around 1980, incorporated Gene Vincent, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Animals, The Shouts, Sounds Incorporated all who performed for Granada TV over a period of 2 years. Classic vintage performance footage. Gene Vincent in his leathers surrounded by motorcycles. Jerry Lee pounding his piano, hair dangling wildly! Little Richard sings:-

  • Rip It Up
  • Lucille
  • Long Tall Sally
  • Send Me Some Lovin'
  • Joy Joy Joy (with the Shirelles)
  • Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
  • Hound Dog
  • Good Golly Miss Molly
  • Tutti Frutti
  • Jenny Jenny

1964

Ready, Steady, Go (UK)

Ready Steady Go was one of the UK's first rock/pop music TV programmes. First broadcast in August 1963 it ran until December 1966. The show was so successful it eventually went out live nationally. It was contemporary with the surge in British pop music of the 1960s. Despite the show's popularity in Britain, it was never shown in the United States during its production years, possibly because it was taped in B&W. Compilations from the show were made available on VHS in the 80s but so far nothing has been released on DVD. Little Richard's performance was not included in the VHS compilations.

  • Bama Lama Bama Loo

Shindig (USA)

An American music variety show which aired on the ABC network from September 1964 to January 1966. In contrast to American Bandstand, the show ran during prime-time. Hosted by Jimmy O'Neill, who was a famous disc jockey in Los Angeles at the time, the premiere episode was taped in Britain with The Beatles as the guests. The series featured other "British Invasion" bands including The Who and The Rolling Stones. Shindig was a premier showcase for music acts, including Righteous Brothers, Jerry Lee Lewis, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner Bo Diddley, Johnny Cash, Sam Cooke, Lesley Gore and Sonny & Cher. Several Shindig video compilations were released in the mid 1990s, including a video titled Legends of Rock 'n Roll. Inexplicably, Richard's performance from one of the pilot episodes was not contained in the package. However, clips of his thrilling performance have recently surfaced on Youtube.

  • Joy Joy Joy
  • Bama Lama Bama Loo
  • Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On

American Bandstand (USA)

The longest running music programme in US history, American Bandstand aired in various versions from 1952 to 1989. The famous producer Dick Clark hosted from 1957 until its final season. The show featured teenagers dancing to Top 40-type music introduced by Clark. At its peak American Bandstand was daytime's top-rated programme and millions of kids in the US rushed home from school to catch up on the latest dances and which acts would appear in-person to lip-sync one of their latest singles.

  • Bama Lama Bama Loo [lip sync]
  • Tutti Frutti [lip sync of Specialty]

1965

Where The Action Is (USA)

Music-based variety show created by Dick Clark as a spin-off of American Bandstand. The show aired on television in the USA between 1965 and 1967. Most of the telecasts, all of which were produced in black-and-white, were taped at various locations in Southern California. The program had its own stable of performers, most notably Paul Revere & the Raiders. Each artist who appeared on this show would lip-sync their performance.

  • I Don't Know What You've Got (But It's Got Me) Part One
  • It Ain't Whatcha Do, It's The Way How You Do It (?)
  • Lucille (Spec.)
  • Long Tall Sally (Spec.)
  • Jenny Jenny (Spec.)

American Bandstand (USA)

Little Richard, resplendent in sprayed silver hair, lip syncs to:-

  • It Ain't Watcha Do, It's The Way How You Do It
  • Lucille (Spec.)

1966

The Frost Report (UK)

The Frost Report was a live satirical television show hosted by David Frost, an English satirist and television presenter, famed as both a pioneer of TV satire and for a series of legendary political interviews. The show ran for two seasons (1966 & 1967) and was most notable for introducing comedians John Cleese, Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett to television.

  • Keep A Knockin
  • Joy Joy Joy

Discophonic Scene with Jerry Blavat (USA)

Philadelphia's legendary radio DJ, Jerry Blavat, AKA The "Geator with the Heater," the "Boss with the Hot Sauce". Blavat exposed thousands to great R&B music in the area for over 45 years.The Discophonic Scene ran from 1965 to 1970 and was in many ways an extention of its host, who personally booked the likes of Little Richard, Fats Domino, Wilson Pickett, James Brown, The Supremes, Martha & The Vandellas and many more. The rule was live performances, not the badly mouthed lip-syncing identified with so many of the music shows of the time. Very little footage from the series exists today because the show was either live or when taped, the tape was re-used. Audio recordings of two Little Richard performances from the show have surfaced on unauthorized albums over the years.

  • Lucille
  • True Fine Mama
  • other song

Top Of The Pops (UK)

Also known as TOTP, the show was a long-running British music chart television programme, made and broadcast by the BBC. It was shown each week from January 1964 until July 2006 and although originally intended to have only a few programmes, it ran for over 42 years, reaching landmark episodes of 1000 in 1983 and 2000 in 2002. Each weekly programme consisted of performances from some of that week's best-selling popular music artists. Of the first 500 episodes (1964-73) only about 20 complete recordings remain in the archives because of the BBC's then policy of deleting old programmes.

  • I Need Love

Ready Steady Go (UK)

  • I Need Love

Little Richard in Paris (France)

25 mins of live TV footage of Richard's November 1966 concert at the Paris Olympia.

  • Lucille
  • Good Golly Miss Molly
  • Long Tall Sally
  • Rip It Up
  • She's Got It
  • Tutti Frutti
  • Ready Teddy
  • Jenny Jenny
  • Whole Lotta Shakin

1967

The Pat Boone Daytime Show (USA)

  • Tutti Frutti (duet with Pat Boone)
  • other song(s)

1968

Little Richard Where It's At (Canada)

  • Baby What You Want Me To Do
  • Long Tall Sally
  • others

The Joey Bishop Show (USA)

Joey Bishop was an American entertainer, perhaps best known for being a member of the "Rat Pack" with Frank Sinatra, Peter Lawford, Sammy Davis Jr., and Dean Martin. Appearing on television as early as 1948, and a frequent guest on television talk shows, game shows, and comedy shows he had his own television talk show, The Joey Bishop Show, a 90-minute late-night talk show on ABC, ran from 1967 to 1969. His co-host for this show was then-newcomer Regis Philbin.

The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson (USA)

The Tonight Show, hosted by Johnny Carson, was a late-night talk show that ran from 1962 to 1992. For its first ten years, Carson's Tonight Show was based in New York City, with occasional trips to California, where it was permanently based from 1972 onwards. The Tonight Show continues to this day under a largely identical format with Jay Leno as host. Virtually all of the pre-1970 shows were lost when, following standard procedure at the time, the extremely expensive videotapes were re-used. The Tonight Show had guest hosts each Monday for most of the show's run and sometimes for entire weeks during Carson's frequent vacations, including Joey Bishop, Joan Rivers and the current incumbent Jay Leno.

  • Baby Don't You Tear My Clothes
  • other song

33 1/3 Monkees Per Revolution (USA TV Special)

The Monkees were a pop-rock quartet created in Los Angeles in 1965 for the American television series The Monkees, which aired from 1965 to 1968. The primary members were Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork, who were the public face of a music production system under the supervision of Don Kirshner. The Monkees TV special featuring three of rock music's greats- Little Richard, Fats Domino and Jerry Lee Lewis each playing a part of a song in radid fire fashion.

  • Tutti Frutti
  • Long Tall Sally

1969

The Music Scene (USA)

The Music Scene originally aired on ABC-TV between 1969 and 1970. The show featured the most popular contemporary performers along with many varied musical legends. Hosted by comedian David Steinberg and special guests, Music Scene was based on Billboard magazine’s hit record charts and offered exclusive live performances by virtually every major star from the rock, country, soul, folk and pop genres.The entire series was released on two DVD box sets and included Little Richard's performance, along with those by James Brown, Crosby, Stills Nash & Young, Janis Joplin, Jerry Lee Lewis, Three Dog Night, Charley Pride, B.B. King, Della Reese, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles and The Everly Brothers.

  • Lucille
  • Tutti Frutti

This Is Tom Jones! (UK)

Welsh singer Tom Jones' weekly musical variety show ran from 1969 to 1971. Guests over that time included Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Janis Joplin, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Stevie Wonder, Joe Cocker, Aretha Franklin and comedians Peter Sellers & Richard Pryor. The episode with Little Richard was released as part of a DVD Box Set in 2007.

  • Lucille

A medley with Tom Jones including

  • Jenny Jenny
  • Rip It Up
  • Send Me Some Lovin'
  • Good Golly Miss Molly

A sketch with Tom Jones

  • blues piano for Tom Jones vocal
  • As Time Goes By
  • You'll Not Get Away From Me [LR with others]

1970

The David Frost Show (USA)

Running from 1969 to 1972, The David Frost Show aired on syndicated stations in the United States, his guests ranging from actors and musicians to lawyers, doctors and politicians.

  • Lucille
  • Good Golly Miss Molly


The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (USA)

(Substitute Host: Jerry Lewis)

  • The Girl Can't Help It
  • I Can't Stop Loving You

(with JC)

  • Dew Drop Inn
  • Freedom Blues
  • The Midnight Special
  • Greenwood, Mississippi

The Andy Williams Show (USA)

The Andy Williams Show was an hour long variety show that ran on NBC from 1959 to 1971. It was hosted by crooner Andy Williams, with a number of regular performers, including Bobby Darin, Dick Van Dyke, Ray Charles and Ella Fitzgerald.

  • Rip It Up
  • Good Golly Miss Molly
  • Lucille
  • Long Tall Sally/Tutti Frutti

The Dick Cavett Show (USA)

A late-night show which ran opposite NBC's popular The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, the literate and intelligent Cavett took over the time slot from Joey Bishop. The Dick Cavett show is generally acknowledged as the most worthy attempt to go head-to-head with the unassailable Carson. While Cavett and Carson shared many of the same guests, Cavett was receptive to rock and roll artists to a degree unusual at the time. Cavett was known both for his unusual combinations of guests and for the fact that he talked to each of them for a significant length of time. A compilation DVD box set titled Rock Icons was released in 2005. Little Richard's three appearances on the show were not included. (February)

  • Lucille
  • Lawdy Miss Clawdy
  • Goodnight Irene

The Dick Cavett Show (USA)

Audio of this performance can be heard on a bootleg LP released in Europe many years ago. (May)

  • Lawdy Miss Clawdy
  • Vegetable Man (excerpt)
  • Freedom Blues

The Dick Cavett Show (USA)

(June)

  • Lovesick Blues

The Merv Griffin Show (USA)

The Merv Griffin Show was a long-running American television talk show, starring singer Merv Griffin. With only the occasional break, the series ran from 1962 to 1986. Over those 25 years, there were approximately 5,500 shows with Griffin interviewing approximately 25,000 guests, including Little Richard on several occasions. The shows Griffin did for CBS between 1969 and 1972 are believed to have been destroyed/erased by CBS

  • The Girl Can't Help It
  • Good Golly Miss Molly

The Merv Griffin Show (USA)

  • Long Tall Sally
  • Without Love

The Tonight Show (USA)

  • Midnight Special
  • Greenwood Mississippi

The Merv Griffin Show (USA)

  • In The Name
  • Good Golly Miss Molly

The Mike Douglas Show (USA)

A former big band singer, Mike Douglas moved to television in the 1950s. The Mike Douglas Show started in 1961 and ended in 1982. By 1967 the show was available in 171 markets and seen by an audience of six million viewers a day. The program featured light banter with guests and musical performances. Each week would have a different co-host who would appear every day with Douglas. During much of its time on the air, it remained strong in ratings, consistently finishing among the most popular daytime television shows nearly every season. The show's run spanned 21 years and more than 6,000 episodes. Among the musical performers featured on the show were Chuck Berry, Ray Charles, Bo Diddley, Barbra Streisand, Aretha Franklin, The Supremes, Linda Ronstadt, The Rolling Stones, The Bee Gees, Sly & the Family Stone, and The Beach Boys. Notable among guest co-hosts were Bobby Darin, John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

Little Richard and Liberace were guests on this episode. Excerpts from Richard's performance (TGCHI and the interview) were released in 2000 on a Rhino video titled The Mike Douglas Show Vol. 2

  • The Girl Can't Help It
  • Slippin' & Slidin'

The Mike Douglas Show (USA)

  • Good Golly Miss Molly
  • Tutti Frutti (with Mike Douglas and Fernando Lamas)

Good Golly Miss Molly from this appearance was released on DVD in 2005 - DVD titled 'One For The Money - The Birth Of Rock And Roll'-(Passport Video)

The Mike Douglas Show (USA)

  • Dew Drop Inn
  • Freedom Blues

The Mike Douglas Show (USA)

  • Chain Of Fools
  • Got My Mojo Working (with Bobby Darin)

The Smothers Brothers Summer Show (USA)

The Smothers Brothers (Tom and Dick) were a music and comedy team. In the 1960s, they often appeared on television variety shows and released several popular record albums of their stage performances. Their own television variety show, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, became one of the most influential and controversial American TV programs of the Vietnam War era. Despite popular success, the brothers' penchant for material that was critical of the political mainstream (and sympathetic to the emerging counterculture) led to their program's cancellation by CBS in 1969. In July-September, 1970, 'The Smothers Summer Show' was mounted on ABC. They had hoped to pick up where everyone left off and eleven new episodes were ordered, but ratings were light from the beginning.

  • Rip It Up (excerpt in sketch)
  • Good Golly Miss Molly (Richard singing "off mike")
  • Long Tall Sally
  • Somebody Saw You
  • Goodnight Irene (with Delores Hall) (show finale)

The Barbara McNair Show (Canada)

Barbara MacNair was a cabaret singer, actress and television personality who, by the 1960s, had become one of the country's most popular headliners on television variety shows such as The Steve Allen Show, Hullabaloo, and The Hollywood Palace. She was given her own musical variety show that ran from 1969 to 1971. Guests included Tony Bennett, Sonny and Cher, Bob Hope, Soupy Sales and Rich Little. Two differing sources list alternate songs performed by Little Richard. Its equally conceivable that Richard made two separate appearances. Bottom three songs are verified.

  • Greenwood, Mississippi
  • Somebody Saw You

AND

  • Good Golly Miss Molly
  • Midnight Special
  • Jambalaya (duet with Barbara McNair)

Turn-On (US)

Barry Richards, who became a prominent Washington disc jockey and music promoter, apparently hosted more than one TV rock music show during the 60's and 70s. Richard also performs Barry Richards theme song, recorded in 1966.

  • Good Golly Miss Molly

1971

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

  • I Believe
  • other song?

The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour (USA)

Glen Campbell is an award winning American country pop singer, guitarist and occasional actor. He is best known for a series of hits in the 1960s and 1970s, as well as for hosting the television variety show called The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour. The show ran on CBS from January 1969 to June 1972. Campbell had been offered the show after he hosted a 1968 summer replacement for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.

  • Lucille
  • Long Tall Sally
  • Mack The Knife

The Mike Douglas Show (USA)

  • He's Not Just a Soldier (with Mylon LeFevre)
  • Will The Circle Be Unbroken (with Mylon LeFevre)

American Bandstand (USA)

  • Greenwood Mississippi
  • Shake a Hand

The Merv Griffin Show (USA)

  • In The Name
  • Good Golly Miss Molly

1972

American Bandstand

  • Tutti Frutti (Lip sync of Specialty)

unknown Talk Show

(probably from Los Angeles, CA)

  • Love Me Do (excerpt)
  • 60 minute interview with out of character Richard speaking frankly about unfairness in Show Business: how his records are not promoted and distributed; if it takes ten years, Richard says, he'll be on the case in his Comeback. Speaks of Religion and his favorite sections of the Bible. That he would like to be remembered in the way that the great Prophets are remembered.
  • The Host holds up (for the camera) the Double-Album "Little Richard's Super Hits" (Vee-Jay/Trip), says we are to hear "Good Golly, Miss Molly" and "Tutti Frutti" from the collection is heard.

The Virginia Graham Show (USA)

Virginia Graham was a daytime television talk show host from the mid 1950s to the mid 1970s. On television, Graham hosted the syndicated programs Food for Thought (1953–1957),Girl Talk (1962–1969) and The Virginia Graham Show (1970–1972), and appeared on many other programs.

  • I Believe (excerpt)

Soul Train (USA)

During its 35 year history, Soul Train featured performances by rhythm and blues, soul, and hip hop artists, although jazz musicians and gospel singers also appeared. The program was created by Don Cornelius, who served as its first host and executive producer. Airing between 1970 and 2006, but in its heyday in the 1970s and 1980s, the program was widely influential among younger black Americans, many of whom turned to it to hear the latest songs by well-known black artists and for clues about the latest fashions and dance trends. For many white Americans in that era who were not living in areas that were racially diverse, Soul Train provided a unique window into black culture. Some commentators called Soul Train a "black American Bandstand".

  • Green Power (lip sync)
  • Money Is (lip sync)
  • Born on the Bayou (lip sync)

The Merv Griffin Show (USA)

  • Burning Up With Love (possibly live vocal over full track)
  • Money Is (lip-sync; possibly same show as above)


The Merv Griffin Show (USA)

  • Interview only (Richard promoting his new album "Second Coming", wildly erratic, complaining about recent lack of show business success. Actor Dick Shawn, among other guests)

Late Night Lineup (UK)

Late Night Line-Up was a pioneering British television discussion programme broadcast on BBC2 between 1964 and 1972. Little Richard appeared as a guest the day prior to the famous London R&R Show. Interview and part of Mockingbird Sally

Russell Harty Plus (UK)

Little Richard was interviewed by Russell Harty shortly after the London R&R show.

1973

American Bandstand 20th Anniversary (USA)

American Bandstand celebrated its 20th anniversary with a 90-minute television special shown on ABC TV on 19 June. The show featured Little Richard, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Cheech and Chong and Three Dog Night.

  • Good Golly Miss Molly
  • Tutti Frutti
  • (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
  • Slippin' And Slidin' ? (not used)

(The performance of Good Golly Miss Molly was released on VHS video in Australia in the early 1980s)

The Mike Douglas Show

  • Good Golly, Miss Molly
  • other song

1974

Grammy Awards (USA)

The 16th Grammy Awards were held on 2 March 1974, and were broadcast live on American television. Hosted by Andy Williams, they recognised accomplishments by musicians from the year 1973. Little Richard and Chuck Berry paid tribute to the best R&B Record Of The Year winner (Stevie Wonder) with a medley of their hits. The performance was ruined by microphone problems.

  • Rip It Up
  • Tutti Frutti
  • Good Molly Miss Molly
  • Long Tall Sally

Rock and Roll Revival (USA TV Special)

Released on commercial video in the early 1980s.

  • Lucille
  • Blueberry Hill
  • Good Golly Miss Molly


The Midnight Special

The Midnight Special was a weekly musical television series that aired between 1972 and 1981. The series was created and produced by Burt Sugarman and aired on NBC. The show mostly featured guest hosts, except for a period from July 1975 through March 1976 when Helen Reddy was the regular host. Wolfman Jack served as the announcer. The show was noted for featuring musical acts performing live, which was unique since most television appearances during that era showed performers lip-synching to pre-recorded music.

  • The Midnight Special
  • Greenwood Mississippi
  • Freedom Blues
  • Ooh Pooh Pah Doo
  • In The Name

In 2006, a DVD collection entitled Burt Sugarman's Midnight Special was made available by Guthy-Renker through television and radio informercials. None of Little Richard's three appearances (1974 and two in 1976) made it onto the released DVDs.

The Dinah Shore Show

  • Lucille
  • Long Tall Sally
  • Tutti Frutti [with Dinah Shore, Wayne Newton, and Don Rickles]

1975

Rock Dreams (USA)

  • I Saw Her Standing There [lip sync]
  • The Lovesick Blues [lip sync]

1976

The Midnight Special (USA)

  • Call My Name
  • Since I Met You Baby (duet with Helen Reddy)

The Joe Franklin Show (USA)

Joe Franklin is an American radio and television personality. From New York City, Franklin hosted the first television talk show. The show began ran from 1951 to 1993. Known as "the king of nostalgia", Franklin's highly-rated television and radio shows, especially a cult favorite to cable television viewers and his long-running "Memory Lane" radio programs, focused on old-time show-business personalities.

  • Call My Name

The Midnight Special (USA)

Episode including "Tribute" - Richard recalls his early days; expresses bitterness about his lack of acceptance among young African-Americans; about making good records which received poor airplay. Several excerpts are shown from the 1969 Toronto Peace festival.

  • Good Golly Miss Molly (live sample; Richard at the piano. '76 rendition blends with '69).

The Wolfman Jack Show (USA)

In addition to being a regular announcer and host of Midnight Special, Wolfman Jack was also the host of his own self-titled variety series, The Wolfman Jack Show, which was produced in Canada by CBC Television in 1976, and syndicated to stations in the US.

  • Rip It Up

(available on videocassette c. 1979)

Donnie And Marie (USA)

Donny & Marie was a variety show which aired on ABC from January 1976 to May 1979. The show starred brother and sister pop duo Donny Osmond and Marie Osmond. Donny had first become popular singing in a music group with his brothers, The Osmonds, and Marie was one of the youngest singers to reach #1 on the Billboard Country Music charts. Each episode concluded with a musical finale and a cascade of balloons from the ceiling, matched to the colors of the sets and costumes. Little Richard performed a medley of hits:

  • Good Golly Miss Molly
  • Tutti Frutti
  • Lucille
  • Get It On (in separate Production number)

The Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder (USA)

Tom Snyder was an American television personality, news anchor and radio personality. Starting as a local radio reporter in Milwaukee, he then moved to TV news, and eventually anchored local newscasts in Philadelphia and subsequently Los Angeles. From 1973 to 1982 he hosted The Tomorrow Show on NBC, following The Tonight Show on weekday mornings. It was one hour long, usually with just one guest, and Snyder asked interesting questions and offered irrelevant but amusing asides. Richard is "dressed down" for the occasion. Almost no characteristic Little Richard expression. Lengthy interview with discussion of old songs, "Freedom Blues", "All Around The World", and a new song, "Never Put A Question Mark Where God Has Put A Period". Religious subjects come up, including the Reverend Ike; some "Fire And Brimstone" about how the world will sustain God's wrath, in the near future.

1979

Mike Douglas Show (USA)

  • There Is Someone Worse Off Than I Am
  • Farther Along [short duet with Glen Campbell]
  • GIve Me That Old-Time Religion [with Mike Douglas and Glen Campbell; finale number]

Little Richard : Portrait of a Legend (USA)

Little Richard is profiled on this television show hosted by James Darren, an American television and film actor, television director and singer. Great performance footage from the Granada TV show (1963), Rock Dreams (1975) and Donnie & Marie (1976). Includes a live "God's Beautiful City".

1980

Mike Douglas Show (USA)

(guests include Comedian Joan Rivers)

  • It Is No Secret (What God Can Do)

1981

The Tomorrow Show with Tom Synder (USA)

  • One Day At A Time (duet with Wayne Cochran, at the final chorus)

1982

Late Night with David Letterman (USA)

  • One Day At A Time

1983

Grammy Awards (USA)

Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and Count Basie sat down at four pianos to deliver what is arguably one of the most legendary of all Grammy performances.

  • Joy Joy Joy

Salute (USA)

Hosted by Dick Clark, amoung those saluted during this series were Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Mangione, Jose Feliciano, Peter Allen, the Charlie Daniels Band, and Gladys Knight and the Pips. Little Richard appears in the episode dedicated to Jerry Lee Lewis. Guests include Keith Richards, Mick Fleetwood, Ruth Buzzi, Gary Busey, Keith Richards & Emmylou Harris. Little Richard and Jerry Lee perform:-

  • I'll Fly Away (duet with Jerry Lee Lewis. JLL on piano)

Eye On Hollywood (USA)

Tabloid news magazine featuring stories and interviews with Hollywood celebrities. Precursor to shows like Extra and Inside Edition. The series, which usesda a half-hour magazine format, had three hosts - Chuck Henry, Tawny Schneider and Johnny Mountain. Little Richard, Bumps Blackwell and Lee Angel all spoke. Richard was joined by several of his old 60s and 70s band members and Billy Preston to perform:-

  • Freedom Blues

1984

Ebony (USA)

  • Somebody Touched Me

Today (Australia)

Australian breakfast TV show. Live via satellite interview to publicise the biography

Donahue (USA)

Phil Donahue is an American media personality and writer, best known as the creator and star of The Phil Donahue Show, also known as Donahue, the first tabloid talk show. The show had a 26-year run on national TV, before ending in 1996.

  • There's Someone Worse Off Than I Am
  • One Day At A Time

The Merv Griffin Show (USA)

  • There Is Someone Worse Off Than I Am
  • One Day At A Time

1985

The South Bank Show (UK)

First airing in 1978, The South Bank Show is an award-winning television arts magazine show, made by London Weekend Television, presented by Melvyn Bragg, and and seen in over 60 countries worldwide — including Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Sweden and the USA. Its stated aim is to bring both high art and popular culture to a mass audience. The hour long episode on Little Richard was aired in March 1985 and included interviews with Richard himself, Charles 'Dr. Rock' White, Bumps Blackwell, Johnny Otis, Lee Angel and others. Shown at the Museum Of Broadcasting in New York City in 1985.

  • In The Name

Good Morning Britain (UK)

Lengthy interview followed by:

  • He's Got The Whole World In His hands

Miami Vice (USA)

Miami Vice was TV series that ran on NBC for five seasons from 1984 to 1989. Unlike standard police procedurals, the show drew heavily upon 1980s New Wave culture and music visual effects to tell a story. Miami Vice is is recognised as one of the most influential television series of all time. The series starred Don Johnson and Phillip Michael Thomas as two Metro-Dade Police detectives working undercover in Miami. Little Richard had a cameo role in an episode called 'Out Where The Buses Don't Run'. The episode was released on a DVD box set in 2006

60 Minutes (USA)

60 Minutes is an investigative television news magazine on US TV, which has run on CBS News since 1968. It has been among the top-rated TV programs for much of its life, and has garnered numerous awards over the years. It is considered by many to be the preeminent investigative television program in the United States. Little Richard was interviewed at length by the late Ed Bradley on his conversion from rock to religion and the lack of song writing royalties

  • Thank You, Jesus (performed live at the Red Parrot in Manhattan, 17th of October, 1984; with Esquerita on piano).

Tonight Show with Johnny Carson (USA)

LR performed two songs with Billy Preston accompanying on piano

  • Didn't It Rain
  • Joy Joy Joy

Motown Returns To The Apollo (USA)

Taped before a live audience at the Apollo Theatre in New York City on 4 May 1985, top headliners including Little Richard, James Brown, The Cadillacs, Joe Cocker, The Commodores, Sammy Davis Jr, The Drifters, Billy Eckstine, The Four Tops, Al Green, Thelma Houston, Patti Labelle, Marilyn McCoo, George Michael, New Edition (with Bobby Brown), The New Jersey Mass Choir, Wilson Pickett, Billy Preston, Lou Rawls, Martha Reeves, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, Mavis Staples, Rod Stewart, The Temptations, Luther Vandross, Sarah Vaughn, Mary Wells, Vanessa Williams and Stevie Wonder, celebrate the 50th anniversary and official re-opening of New York's world-famed theater. The concert, hosted by Bill Cosby, was a benefit for the Africare / Ethiopian Relief Fund.

  • impromptu song a cappella
  • Joy Joy Joy
  • Didn't It Rain

1986

Nightlife with David Brenner (USA)

Comedian David Brenner's short-lived TV interview show, Nightlife aired in 1986 and 1987. Little Richard performed two songs with Billy Preston.

  • Great Gosh A-Mighty [LR and BP play piano]
  • Poor Dog [BP piano only]

Sounds - with Donny Sutherland (Australia)

Australian music clip program - Richard interviewed live via satellite and the Great Gosh A Mighty promo was played

60 Minutes (Australia)

Australian version of the US investigative news magazine TV show.

  • Great Gosh A'Mighty (Richard played a snatch of GGAM at the piano)

Hollywood Squares (USA)

The Hollywood Squares was an American TV comedy and game show in which two contestants play tic-tac-toe to win money and prizes. The "board" for the game is actually a 3 × 3 vertical stack of open-faced cubes, each occupied by an entertainer seated at a desk and facing the contestants. The stars are asked questions and the contestants judge the veracity of their answers in order to win the game. Little Richard appeared as a panel guest on this game show on many occasions over the years.

Solid Gold (USA)

Solid Gold was an American syndicated television series which aired from 1980 to 1988, usually on Saturday in the early evening time slot. The main premise of Solid Gold consisted of the "Solid Gold Dancers" doing elaborate (and sometimes borderline risqué) dances to the top ten hits of the week. Many other specials aired in which the dancers would dance to older pop hits as well. With just one exception each artist would lip-synch on the show. Little Richard made at least two appearances during 1986:-

  • Great Gosh A'Mighty (lip sync)- two times
  • Somebody's Comin' (lip sync)

Soul Train (USA)

  • Great Gosh A Mighty (Lip sync)

Rock And Roll Evening News (USA)

The Rock 'N' Roll Evening News was a news and information show that aired in the US during 1986 and 1987.

  • Great Gosh A'Mighty
  • Somebody's Comin'

The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers (USA)

  • Great Gosh A-Mighty
  • Somebody's Comin'

The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers (USA)

  • Interview only

The Diamond Awards (Belgium)

  • Operator (Lip sync)
  • Great Gosh A Mighty (Lip sync)

Good Morning Britain (UK)

  • Interview
  • Great Gosh A-Mighty (excerpt)

Cannon & Ball Christmas Special (UK)

Cannon and Ball are an English comedy double act consisting of Tommy Cannon and Bobby Ball. Their first major TV appearance was in 1978 with a cameo slot in Bruce Forsyth's Big Night on ITV. They were offered their own series, The Cannon and Ball Show, which premiered in ITV in 1979. Further series followed each year through to 1988, along with Christmas and Easter specials.

  • Somebody's Comin'
  • Great Gosh A'Mighty

1987

The Late Show - starring Arsenio Hall (USA)

  • Great Gosh A' Mighty
  • When the Saints Go Marching In (joined by Magic Johnson)

Diana Ross: Red Hot Rhythm and Blues(USA)

Red Hot Rhythm & Blues was an album released by Diana Ross on the RCA label. The album was promoted with a TV special featuring Etta James, Little Richard, Billy Dee Williams, LL Cool J and Run DMC.

Soul Train (USA)

  • Operator (Lip sync)

The Late Show - starring Ross Shafer (USA)

Lengthy interview

1988

Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (USA)

  • There's No Place Like Home (vocal over music bed?)

Adriano Celentano (Italy)

Adriano Celentano is an Italian singer, songwriter, comedian, actor, film director and TV host. Heavily influenced by his idol Elvis Presley and the 1950s rock revolution, he is also known as the most famous dancer of the Hula hoop fad. For the last 40 years he has retained his popularity in Italy, selling millions of records and appearing in numerous TV shows and movies. Little Richard and Chuck Berry appeared on his show in March 1988.

  • Lifetime Friend (live vocal over musical bed)
  • Great Gosh A'Mighty (Lip sync)
  • Send Me Some Lovin (live duet with Celentano)

The 60th Annual Acadamy Awards(USA)

The 60th Academy Awards were presented on 11 April 1988 at the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California. The ceremony was the first to be held there since the 20th Academy Awards.

  • Shakedown (Bob Seger tune)

Hollywood Squares (USA)

Panel guest

Will Shriner Show (USA)

Will Shriner is an a award-winning television director with numerous episodes of Frasier, Becker, Everyone Loves Raymond and a recent Gilmore Girls under his belt. He is a nationally known comedian with over 50 appearances with Jay Leno, David Letterman, Johnny Carson and more. His own TV show ran from 1987 to 1988.

  • Lifetime Friend

Tonight Show (USA)

Hosted by Jay Leno

  • Freedom Blues

The Giants of Rock & Roll (Italy)

Little Richard joined James Brown, Bo Diddley, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee lewis, Dave Edmunds and BB King at Rome, Italy in November 1988. The entire 2 hour show was broadcast live and subsequently released on video in Europe and Australia in 1990. The only difference between 'The Legends of Rock'n'Roll Live' released in the US by Umbrella a few years ago and 'The Giants of Rock'n'Roll Live' released by Warner Vision is that the 'Giants...is the full 2 hour concert version, whereas the 'Legends....was only a 1 hour edited version of the same event.

  • Joy Joy Joy
  • No Place Like Home
  • Great Gosh A Mighty

Rock N Roll Christmas (USA)

Hosted by a Dennis Miller, this TV special was made up of existing rock videos and film clips from John Cougar, Eddie Money, Pat Benetar, U2, Bowie, Kinks (Father Xmas), Run DMC (Hollis), Beach Boys, Little Richard, Marvin Gaye, Buster Poindexter, Robert Plant, The Beatles and an old Elton John clip of him doing "Step Into Christmas." Little Richard performs:

  • Santa Claus is Coming To Town

The tune is released on a CD called Classic Rock Christmas.

1989

Grammy Family Feud (USA)

Panel guest along with Luther Vandross, Bobby McFerrin, Alan Paul and Tim Hauser.

Arsenio Hall (USA)

Arsenio Hall is an actor, comedian, and former talk show host. He is best known for his talk show, The Arsenio Hall Show, and his roles in the films Coming To America and Harlem Nights. The Arsenio Hall Show was an Emmy Award winning talk show which aired on late night in syndication from 1989 to 1994. It was best known for the audience's shouting "Woof, woof, woof!" while pumping their fists. Little Richard made three appearances on the show between 1989 and 1991.

  • Twins (duet with Phillip Bailey)

1990

Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme (USA)

Released on VHS in 1990, this was a Disney Channel TV movie starring Shelley Duvall as Little Bo Peep and Dan Gilroy as Gordon Goose, the son of Mother Goose (Jean Stapleton). The film deals with Little Bo Peep, who, while trying to find her sheep, goes to Mother Goose's house, but she's not there. Little Bo Peep and Gordon search Rhymeland, to find out what has happened to Mother Goose. While this happens, many Mother Goose characters also mysteriously begin to disappear. Little Richard plays the party loving Old King Cole who performs a rousing:-

  • Party With The King

Happy Birthday, Bugs (USA)

By 1990 it was 50 years since Bugs Bunny first appeared on film. To commemorate the subsequent half-century-long career of the most famous cartoon rabbit in history, this prime-time television special was produced and featured several Hollywood stars, including Little Richard, Milton Berle, Bill Cosby, Whoopi Goldberg, Hulk Hogan, Cindy Williams & William Shatner all stating their affection and admiration for Bugs, intercut with clips from various of Bugs' cartoons and comments by legendary cartoon directors Chuck Jones and Friz Freleng. A tribute was also made to the late Mel Blanc, the voice of Bugs and countless other cartoon characters. Released on VHS in 1992.

  • That's Not All Folks!

Sally Jesse Raphael (USA)

Sally Jessy Raphael is most famous for hosting the television talk show 'Sally Jessy Raphael' (later shortened to simply Sally), which ran in first-run syndication from 1983 to 2002. During the 1990s, as competition in the talk show arena intensified, her show moved toward more sensationalistic topics, as did many of the other talk show hosts who were her competition, including Jerry Springer and Maury Povich. She continued to defend herself against accusations that she was doing the same trash TV as her competitors. Little Richard appeared as an hour long special guest. He was interviewed at length and performed an excerpt of:-

  • No Place Like Home

Arsenio Hall (USA)

21 June 1990 was declared Little Richard Day in the US. He was honoured with a Star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. The days festivities culminated with Little Richard performing some of his Specialty rockers live on TV for the first time since 1976.

  • Lucille
  • Tutti Frutti
  • There's No Place Like Home

Little Richard in Sweden (Sweden)

Swedish TV recorded and broadcast a Little Richard concert from his June/July 1990 tour.

  • Lucille
  • Keep A Knockin'
  • Send Me Some Lovin'
  • Baby, What You Want Me To Do
  • Tutti Frutti
  • Roll Over Beethoven
  • The Girl Can't Help It [guest Drummer Charles Connor]
  • Rip It Up (not used)
  • Slippin' And Slidin' (not used)
  • (There's) No Place Like Home (not used)
  • Good Golly, Miss Molly (not used)
  • other song (not used)

The Marsha Warfield Show (USA)

Marsha Warfield is an American actress and stand up comedian, best known for her 1986–1992 role on the popular NBC sitcom Night Court. She had her own show that ran on NBC from 1990 to 1991.

  • Piano

1991

Byron Allen Show (USA)

1989, Byron Allen, an American stand-up comedian and television talk show host, became the host of a short-lived weekly (eventually becoming daily) syndicated late-night interview program in the mold of The Tonight Show. The show ended in 1992.

  • Piano

Blossom (USA)

Blossom was a half-hour comedy television series broadcast on NBC from 1991 to 1995. The series starred Mayim Bialik as Blossom Russo, a teenage girl living with her father and two brothers. In one episode a Blossom dream sees Little Richard in a cameo role as a Justice of the Peace to marry two of her friends.

An Evening At The Improv (USA)

The Improv is a comedy club founded in 1963 in New York City. A second location was opened in 1974 in Los Angeles, California, which was the original site for the A&E Network television series 'An Evening at the Improv', which ran from 1982 until 1996. The show was a career launching pad for dozens of the familiar faces of television and film, including David Spade, Jonathan Winters, Adam Sandler, Jerry Seinfeld and Drew Carey. Often famous comedians would walk in to "work out" before appearances on the Tonight Show. Little Richard hosted one show where he introduced the comedy acts and played some piano.

Columbo - Murder of a Rock Star (USA)

Columbo was an American crime fiction TV series, starring Peter Falk as Lieutenant Columbo, a homicide detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. The show popularized the inverted detective story format; almost every episode began by showing the commission of the crime and its perpetrator. 'Columbo' aired regularly on NBC from 1971 to 1978, and sporadically on ABC from 1989 to 2003. Little Richard had a role in an episode titled 'Murder of a Rock Star' which sees a wealthy corrupt attorney who kills his rock star girlfriend and sets up her male lover with the crime.

  • Woogie Boogie

Arsenio Hall (USA)

  • Itsy Bitsy Spider ?

1992

Muhammad Ali's 50th Birthday Celebration (USA)

Former world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali celebrated his 50th Birthday in 1992. A TV special with guests including M.C. Hammer, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, The Pointer Sisters, The Four Tops, Joe Frazier, Floyd Patterson, Larry Holmes, George Foreman, Sugar Ray Leonard, Ken Norton, Ingemar Johannson, Michael Spinks, Archie Moore, Tony Danza, Dan Aykroyd, Howard Cosell, Ella Fitzgerald and Little Richard was broadcast. Ali called Richard "The King".

  • Good Golly Miss Molly

Later with Bob Costas (USA)

Once of televisions most accomplished sports broadcasters, Bob Costas has been on the air for the NBC network since the early 1980s. He hosted 'Later with Bob Costas' from 1988 to 1994. This show was something of a break from the typical TV talk show format of the era, featuring Costas and a single guest having a conversation for the entire half hour, without a band, opening monologue or studio audience. On several occasions, Costas held the guest over for multiple nights, and these in-depth discussions won Costas much praise for his interviewing skills. Little Richard was interviewed by Costas for the entire half hour show. Clips from Granada TV and Toronto 69 were also seen.

Martin (USA)

Martin was an American sitcom produced by HBO Independent Productions that aired for five seasons, from 1992 to 1997 on FOX. The show starred comedian Martin Lawrence and Tisha Campbell. Reflecting the rising popularity of the FOX network throughout the 1990s, Martin was one of their highest-rated shows during the sitcom's five-season run. Little Richard had a cameo in one episode, playing the part of a Pest Exterminator.

  • Tutti Frutti

Friday Night Videos (USA)

Friday Night Videos was a music video show broadcast on NBC television network between 1983 and 2002, and was considered network television’s answer to MTV. In 1985, FNV began to use different celebrity guests to host the show each week. Actors comedians, media celebrities and musicians hosted FNV (usually in teams of two); a handful of them made repeated appearances. Little Richard made more than one appearance introducing music videos and sang the theme to the show based on Keep A Knockin.

The Diamond Awards (Belgium)

  • Lucille

Regis & Kathy Lee (USA)

This popular and long-running morning talk show began in 1988. Owing much of its success to the chemistry between its two hosts, Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford, the format was not otherwise particularly different from most other morning shows. Kathie Lee Gifford left in 2000 to pursue a singing career. Little Richard appeared to promote and perform excerpts of two songs from his new CD - 'Shake It All About':

  • On Top of Spaghetti
  • The Hokey Pokey

1993

Reunion - The 52nd Presidential Inauguaral Gala (USA)

CBS broadcast an all-star gala for President Clinton's inauguration. Little Richard was joined by Chuck Berry, Aretha Franklin, Barry Manilow, Michael Jackson, Fleetwood Mac, Barbara Streisand and a host of other Hollywood stars. The concert was held at the US Air Arena at Landover, Maryland.

  • Good Golly Miss Molly

Grammy Awards (USA)

Lifetime Achievement Award presented off camera pre-ceremony. When the award was announced during the live broadcast, Richard received a standing ovation and bowed from the audience. In several entertainment shows leading up to the event (eg Entertainment Tonight) he had expressed his disappointment that the presentation was not done live during the ceremony and that he was not given an opportunity to perform one of his songs.

Today Show (USA)

Interview with Bryant Gumbel

  • Baby, What You Want Me To Do [short take]

Hearts Afire (USA)

Hearts Afire was a political sitcom staring the late John Ritter and Markie Post. Running from 1992 to 1995, Ritter played a senator's aide in Washington, D.C. who is surrounded by funny characters and funny situations. Little Richard had a cameo role in an episode titled "Moonlighting".

  • Good Golly Miss Molly

America's Funniest People (USA)

America's Funniest People was a show on the ABC network that ran from 1990 to 1994. The format was similar to America's Funniest Home Videos, with the main difference that while Funniest Home Videos spent the majority of its time with accidental follies captured on tape, Funniest People focused on people intentionally trying to be funny.

  • Itsy Bitsy Spider
  • The Hokey Pokey

Kennedy Centre Honours (USA)

Televised each year since 1978, The Kennedy Centre Honours as a tribute to great artists of stage, screen, television, musical theater and dance. Each year the same approach is used: a well-known individual who knows the recipient introduces them, a video highlights the honorees life, the audience stands to applaud them, another well-known "star" introduces the entertainment, and a variety show of sorts unfolds, usually in the genre reflecting that of the honoree. Little Richard was joined by Aretha Franklin, Billy Preston and a Gospel choir to pay tribute to 1993 honouree Marion Williams:-

  • Born To Sing The Gospel
  • Packin' Up, Gettin Ready To Go

1994

American Music Awards (USA)

The American Music Awards show is one of four major annual US music awards shows. The show was created by Dick Clark in 1973 to compete with the Grammys. In 1994 there was a promotional video made by RADD (Rockers Against Drunk Driving) using the Beatles song Drive My Car. Richard was one of the many stars who appeared on the video.

World Wide Wrestling (USA)

Little Richard stepped into the ring and performed “America the Beautiful” at the beginning of World Wrestling Federation’s 10th annual WrestleMania event at Madison Square Garden.

  • America the Beautiful

Sally Jesse Raphael (USA)

Hour long tribute show with in-studio audience. Excerpts of filmed performances: Rip It Up, Tutti Frutti, and Good Golly Miss Molly from Granada Special; Something Else from the TV Special with Tanya Tucker and others; Lucille from Toronto '69]. Richard sat at the piano without his band and performed the following songs:

  • Lawdy Miss Clawdy (with Lloyd Price)
  • Baby Don't You Want A Man Like Me
  • Tutti Frutti
  • Long Tall Sally
  • Good Golly Miss Molly
  • Itsy Bitsy Spider
  • Blueberry Hill

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (USA)

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was an award winning US TV that originally aired on NBC between 1990 and 1996. The show starred Will Smith as a street-smart teenager from West Philadelphia who is sent to live with his wealthy relatives in a Bel-Air mansion. His lifestyle often clashes with that of his relatives there. Cameo

Tonight Show with Jay Leno (USA)

Good Golly Miss Molly

Wheel of Fortune (USA)

Panel guest with James Brown & Weird Al Yankovic

Beverly Hills, 90210 (USA)

Beverly Hills, 90210 was a prime time TV drama series that aired from 1990 to 2000 on FOX in the US, and subsequently on various networks around the world. The show followed the lives of a group of teenagers living in the upscale, star-studded community of Beverly Hills, California and attending the fictitious West Beverly Hills High School and, subsequently, the fictitious California University after graduation. Cameo.

Live At Five (USA)

Interview with Matt Lauer

Full House (USA)

Full House was a sitcom that ran on ABC TV from 1987 to 1995. Set in San Francisco the show chronicles a widowed father, Danny Tanner, who recruits his best friend Joey Gladstone and his brother-in-law Jesse Katsopolis to help raise his three daughters.

To help try and save the art program at Michelle's school, Joey runs for president of the PTA. Little Richard guest stars as Denise's uncle and performs at Joey's pre-election rally in an episode titled 'Too Little Richard Too Late'.

  • Itsy Bitsy Spider
  • Keep A Knockin

The Magic School Bus (USA)

The Magic School Bus features the exploits of Ms. Frizzle and her class of eight children who board a magical school bus which takes them on field trips into the solar system, under the Earth, into the human body, or to other such impossible locations. In 1994, The Magic School Bus book concept was made into an animated TV series of the same name. The last episode was released in 1997, when the series was dropped to make room for more shows aimed at pre-schoolers. The show's theme song called "Ride on the Magic School Bus" was written by Peter Lurye and performed by Little Richard.

  • Ride On The Magic School Bus

Regis And Kathy Lee (USA)

  • Blues Boogie (excerpt)
  • Somethin' Else (excerpt)
  • Good Golly Miss Molly (excerpt)

Country Music Awards (USA)

LR and Tanya Tucker sing live over a backing track

  • Somethin' Else

A Gala for the President at Ford's Theatre (USA)

Joining Bill & Hillary Clinton were guests including:- Céline Dion, Kenny G, Little Richard, Paula Poundstone, Paul Reiser, Luther Vandross and Sam Waterston.

  • Keep A Knockin
  • Good Golly Miss Molly

1995

American Music Awards (USA)

  • Tutti Frutti (with the Go Gos)

Baywatch (USA)

Baywatch was a long-running TV series (1989 to 2001) that followed the adventures of a team of lifeguards on a crowded California resort beach.In a 1995 episode titled 'The Runaways' Little Richard makes an appearance as chef Maurice.

  • Good Golly Miss Molly

Sesame Street (USA)

  • Rubber Duckie

Later with Greg Kinnear Show (USA)

Greg Kinnear is an Academy Award-nominated American actor and television personality. He received his breakthrough in 1991, when he became the first host of Talk Soup. That lasted until 1995, when he left the show for the NBC late-night talk show, Later with Greg Kinnear.

  • Piano playing
  • Good Golly Miss Molly
  • Lucille

One Life To Live (USA)

One Life to Live is a soap opera that premiered in 1968, and centers on the lives of the citizens of the fictional town of Llanview, PA. Concentrating on the wealthy Lord family, and the middle-class Woleks and Rileys, the show was one of the first daytime dramas to depict people from all sorts of backgrounds. The show was the first to depict an interracial relationship, and among the first to explore drug addiction. Little Richard performed and officiated at Nora (Hillary B. Smith) and Bo's (Robert S. Woods) wedding in June 1995

  • Send Me Some Lovin

Grace Under Fire (USA)

Grace Under Fire was a TV series which ran on ABC from 1993 to 1998. The show starred Brett Butler, who starred as Grace Kelly, a divorced single mother and recovering alcoholic.

  • Richard sang 'Great Balls of Fire' (Grace Under Fire....) in a promo for the show

Late Show With David Letterman in London(UK)

While on tour in the UK Richard and Chuck Berry sit in with the house band

The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder (USA)

Interview

Good Morning America (USA)

Richard made two appearances just prior to the opening of the R&R Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. In one segment Little Richard talks with Cindi Lauper and plays excerpts of several songs, including:

  • Pledging My Love
  • Caldonia
  • Tutti Frutti
  • Jenny Jenny

Opening of the R&R Hall of Fame (USA)

Concert telecast live from Cleveland's Municipal Stadium to celebrate the grand opening of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The event brought together several artists who were either members of the hall (Little Richard, James Brown, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry, The Allman Brothers Band), several future members (Bruce Springsteen, Paliament/Funkadelic) and a couple of that era's more popular acts (Soul Asylum and The Gin Blossoms) to kick off the opening weekend of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

  • Good Golly Miss Molly
  • Tutti Frutti

Music City Tonight (USA)

  • Good Golly Miss Molly
  • No Place Like Home
  • Tutti Frutti

Sinatra: 80 Years My Way (USA)

  • That Old Black Magic

Happy New Year, America (USA)

  • Tutti Frutti
  • Good Golly Misss Molly

1996

The White Room (UK)

  • Keep A Knockin
  • Bama Lama Bama Loo
  • All Around The World

Caryl & Marilyn: Real Friends (USA)

Caryl & Marilyn: Real Friends was an hour-long daytime talk/variety show that ran on ABC from 1996 to 1997. The program was hosted by longtime friends Marilyn Kentz and Caryl Kristensen, a.k.a. the comedy duo 'The Mommies'. The show offered lighter fare which consisted of humor, celebrity guests, cooking segments, fashion tips and health issues. Interviewed and played piano

Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland)

Founded in 1967, The Montreux Jazz Festival is the best-known and most prestigious music festival in Europe's. It is held annually in early July in Montreux on the shores of Lake Geneva, Switzerland. Originally a pure jazz festival, it opened up in the 1970s and today presents artists of nearly every imaginable music style.

  • Good Golly Miss Molly
  • All Around The World

The entire concert was filmed by the Montreux Jazz Festival cameras.

Closing Ceremony of the Atlanta Olympics (USA)

The 1996 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXVI Olympiad and unofficially known as the Centennial Olympics, were an international multi-sport event which was celebrated in 1996 in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. The closing ceremony featured Little Richard, BB King, Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan, Trisha Yearwood, Buckwheat Zydeco, Sheila E and The Pointer Sisters.

  • Good Golly Miss Molly (Lip Synch of pre-recorded song)
  • Long Tall Sally (live)

1997

The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder (USA)

Interview

American Music Awards (USA)

Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Arsenio Hall.

  • Good Golly Miss Molly

Home & Family (USA)

Much piano playing and a snatch of

  • Tutti Frutti

Tonight Show with Jay Leno (USA)

  • Lucille

Drew Carey Show (USA)

  • Rocky Mountain Way with Joe Walsh

Politically Incorrect (USA)

Politically Incorrect was a late-night, half-hour political talk show hosted by Bill Maher that ran from 1993 to 2002. Four guests usually appeared, generally a mix of individuals from show business, popular culture, pundits, political consultants, and occasionally regular people in the news, discussing topics in the news selected by Maher. Maher moved the conversation along and encouraged guests to be themselves.

Today on NBC (USA)

  • Good Golly Miss Molly
  • Lucille
  • I Saw Her Standing There

The Three Stooges TV Special (USA)

  • The Curly Shuffle

Homeboys In Outer Space

  • Slippin' and Slidin' (live excerpt)
  • Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On (live excerpt)
  • Every Night About This Time (live excerpt)

Muppets Tonight (USA)

  • Keep A Knockin'

Arthel & Fred (USA)

Arthel Neville is an American journalist and television personality. In 1997 she teamed up with famed sportscaster Fred Roggin to host Arthel & Fred, a syndicated daytime entertainment news program that lasted only one season. Little Richard appeared on their show in September 1997. He was interviewed and played some piano.

Crook & Chase (USA)

Lorraine Crook and Charlie Chase hosted their own popular daily magazine TV show that ran on both syndication and the Nashville Network from 1997 to 1998. Little Richard appeared with Dick Clark to talk about the American Bandstand years. Richard sat at the piano to sing excerpts of:-

  • Chains Of Love
  • Good Golly Miss Molly

1998

Tonight Show with Jay Leno (USA)

  • Good Golly Miss Molly
  • Keep A Knockin'

Quincy Jones - The First 50 Years (USA)

  • Let The Good Times Roll

Howie and the Magic Hour(USA)

  • Good Golly Miss Molly
  • I Saw Her Standing There

Oakridge Boys Live From Las Vegas (USA)

The Oak Ridge Boys are a country and gospel group.In 1998, they began taping of their own TV show on TNN, "The Oak Ridge Boys Live From Las Vegas," which featured guest ranging from Little Richard to Kenny Rogers to Englebert Humperdink. The show ran from 1998 to 2000.

  • Good Golly Miss Molly
  • Lucille

The View (USA)

  • Good Golly Miss Molly
  • Lucille

Donny & Marie (USA)

  • Tutti Frutti

Hollywood Christmas Parade (USA)

  • Joy Joy Joy

1999

Hollywood Squares (USA)

Panel guest

unknown show

  • Joy, Joy, Joy (with The Boys' Choir)

The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder (USA)

  • Lengthy interview

The Larry King Show (USA)

[year approximate]

  • Interviewee with others

Motown Live (USA)

A weekly TV concert series featuring performances by contemporary R&B, hip-hop and pop acts in addition to long-time favorites.

  • Good Golly Miss Molly
  • Lucille
  • I Saw Her Standing There

2000

Kennedy Centre Honours (USA)

Richard joins in to pay tribute to honouree Chuck Berry

  • Roll Over Beethoven
  • Johnny B Goode

Tonight Show with Jay Leno (USA)

Richard closes the show with with a classic and mentions the "Little Richard!" movie to be telecast on NBC.

  • Lucille

Little Richard (USA)

Robert Townsend directed made for TV movie on Little Richard's life, from his poor Southern upbringing to dealing with the trials and tribulations of being a black singer in the 50's, to his born-again phase & brief "retirement" from rock and roll. Nominated for two Emmy awards.

Donny & Marie (USA)

Lengthy and emotional interview re the movie on his life. Richard broke down on one occasion but was able to sit down at the piano and play excepts of:

  • Lucille
  • Tutti Frutti

2001

Rock Rhythm & Doo Wop (USA)

  • Good Golly Miss Molly
  • Keep A Knockin'
  • Rip It Up

The Wayne Brady Show (USA)

  • Keep A Knockin (duet with Wayne Brady)
  • Good Golly Miss Molly (duet with Wayne Brady)

2002

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (USA)

  • Keep A Knockin' (with Chuck Berry)
  • Back In The U.S.A. (with Chuck Berry)

David Letterman (USA)

  • Good Golly Miss Molly
  • Jenny Jenny

Amercian Bandstand 50th Anniversary (USA)

  • Good Golly Miss Molly
  • Keep A Knockin' (with cast)

33rd Annual NAACP Image Awards (USA)

  • Award presented

2004

Las Vegas (USA)

  • Slippin' & Slidin'

Hollywood Squares (USA)

Panel guest

2005

TV Land Awards (USA)

  • Good Golly Miss Molly

2006

Celebrity Duets (USA)

Celebrity Duets was a short-lived reality television show which combined celebrities of different backgrounds with professional singers in a weekly elimination competition. Joining Richard as Judges were renowned composer and producer David Foster and singer Marie Osmond. In the final episode all eight contestants returned to sing a brief medley and joined Little Richard onstage at the piano:-

  • Good Golly Miss Molly

2007

The Next Best Thing (USA)

The real Little Richard makes a surprise appearance to join impersonators Garry Moore (Little Richard) and Cooke Watkins (Tina Turner) to duet on:-

  • Old Time R&R (Bob Seger tune)

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (USA)

American Idol finalist Chris Sligh made a guest appearance on Jay Leno's Tonight Show. During a comedy skit between the pair, Little Richard, seated on a throne, was wheeled out to help them parody the now famous Little Richard Geico ad. Richard then launched into a very brief Tutti Frutti while still seated on the throne.

  • Tutti Frutti

A Capitol Fourth (USA)

A Capitol Fourth is a free annual concert performed on the west lawn of the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., in celebration of the Independence Day. Broadcast live the concert is viewed and heard by millions across the country as well as attended by more than half a million people at the Capitol.

  • Good Golly Miss Molly
  • Directly From My Heart
  • Bony Maronie

The Singing Bee (USA)

  • Good Golly Miss Molly

2008

Grammy Awards (USA)

Cornerstones of Rock segment - Little Richard joins John Fogerty (Comin' Down The Road) and Jerry Lee Lewis (Great Balls of Fire) on stage and sings:

  • Good Golly Miss Molly

The Young And The Restless (USA)

Cameo part - dialogue; piano and improvised song:-

  • I Got The Blues, I'm Gonna Get Married

The Early Show (USA)

  • Good Golly Miss Molly
  • Keep A-Knockin'
  • Lucille

2011

A Capitol Fourth (USA)

A Capitol Fourth is a free annual concert performed on the west lawn of the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., in celebration of the Independence Day. Broadcast live the concert is viewed and heard by millions across the country as well as attended by more than half a million people at the Capitol.

  • Long Tall Sally
  • Good Golly Miss Molly