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His life and career would have it's challenges, musical tastes are a fickle thing and after three years in the limelight and topping the charts, by 1958 all that would start to slowly disappear, though he did have a couple songs enter the charts in the UK up to 1964. He 'found' religion and continued to perform and record and his legend earned him a revered spot in the hearts and minds of those who understood his talent and the importance of his contributions. For example there is a great live version of "Rip it Up" with Little Richard on the 'Tom Jones Show' from 1970.
Here are more great original tunes from Little Richard. "Lucille" #1 R&B, #21 Hot 100 and #10 UK, "Send Me Some Lovin'"#3 R&B, "Good Golly, Miss Molly" #4 R&B, #10 Hot 100, #11 UK, covered over 80 times, Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969).
In all Little Richard would cover about 60 songs excluding the times he covered his own songs for his collaboration album, 'Little Richard Meets Masayoshi Takanaka'. Other than the above mentioned I'm not aware of any of his covers that made the charts in a big way except "Baby Face" from July of 1958 which was his highest charting song in the UK at #2, #12 R&B and #41 Hot 100. The original is from Jan Garber and His Orchestra in 1926, written by Harry Akst and Benny Davis it was a #1 hit at the time and in total covered about 100 times, Richard was about the twentieth artist to record it.