The Upsetters

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The Upsetters were a band that played with Little Richard from 1953 to the early 1960s. In 1953, Little Richard, dissatisfied with his solo career, formed a road band starting with Wilburt "Lee Diomond" smith on Saxophone, who became the leader, Nathaniel "Buster" Douglas on Electric guitar, Charles "Chuck" Connors on Drums, and Olse "Bassy" Robinson on Bass Guitar. Little Richard and the band did many club performances from 1953 to 1955. Little Richard didn't record his first hit "Tutti Frutti" with the Upsetters, but he recorded it with studio musicians who had worked with Fats Domino, after he told Art Rupe, founder of Specialty Records, that he liked Fats Domino's music. He record over 20 hits with the Upsetters such as "Long Tall Sally", "Slippin' and Slidin'", "Rip It Up", "Ready Teddy", "She's Got It", "The Girl Can't Help It", "Good Golly Miss Molly" and "Lucille". The band appeared in a few rock n' roll movies such as: "The Girl Can't Help It", "Don't Knock the Rock", and "Mister Rock and Roll". They did not actually play, nor did Little Richard sing, but they lip synched to their hits "Tutti Frutti", "Long Tall Sally", "Ready Teddy", "The Girl Can't Help It", and "She's Got It" from 1956 to 1957. During a concert in Australia in June 1957, Little Richard decided it was time to quit Rock N' Roll and devote himself to god, after he say a sputnik rocket go across the sky and looked at it as a sign from God. Specialty Records made him record extra audio before he quit and then released three albums titled "Here's Little Richard"(1957), "The Fabulous Little Richard"(1959), and "Little Richard"(1958). He departed from his band in 1960 and began his solo career. The Band's last song with Little Richard was an instrumental called the "Upsetter Rock". The band continued until the mid 1960s. They has songs called "the strip", "Hattie malitti", "mama loochie", they were credited as "lee Diamond and the upsetters" or simply the upsetters. "True kings of rock" episode 1 channel: Bugsy Cline "True kings of rock" episode 2 channel: Bugsy Cline Rock and Roll Hall of Fame