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The Specialty Story Just how electrifying was Little Richard when he emerged in the '50s? Listen to this five-CD set, The Specialty Story, which gathers...The Specialty StoryR&B, Reissues Just how electrifying was Little Richard when he emerged in the '50s? Listen to this five-CD set, The Specialty Story, which gathers...1994-04-22
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The Specialty Story

Genre: R&B, Reissues; Lead Performers: Sam Cooke, Little Richard, Lou Rawls, Various Artists; Producer (group): Fantasy, Specialty

Just how electrifying was Little Richard when he emerged in the ’50s? Listen to this five-CD set, The Specialty Story, which gathers 130 songs recorded by the L.A.-based label Specialty (and its predecessor, Juke Box) between 1944 and ‘64. Specialty had other R&B greats, including Sam Cooke, Lou Rawls (both heard here with early gospel groups), and Wynona Carr. Unfortunately, they share space with lightweights like Roddy Jackson, who lower the box’s overall rating.