6 Quick Facts About Richard Pryor's Warner Bros Comedy Albums
Today would've been Richard Pryor's 75th birthday, and in celebration of that momentous occasion, Rhino Records added a half-dozen of Pryor's classic albums to their digital catalog. In turn, we're taking a look back at the history of each effort.
1. That Nigger’s Crazy was originally released on Stax Records’ comedy imprint, Partee Records.
2. …Is It Something I Said? introduced the world at large to Mudbone, Pryor’s most famous character, if one that he grew weary of before audiences did.
3. Bicentennial Nigger was the second time Pryor used the N-word in an album title, but within a few years, he had excised the word from his act altogether.
4. After taking two years off from doing stand-up, Pryor announced his 1978 concert tour – the one immortalized on Wanted: Live in Concert – while chatting with Steve Martin on The Tonight Show.
5. Live on the Sunset Strip was another Grammy Award winner for Pryor, but it’s best remembered for his frank, frightening, and yet somehow still funny telling of how he caught fire while freebasing cocaine.
6. Pryor may not have retired from stand-up after releasing 1983’s Here and Now – indeed, he continued touring into 1992 – but it nonetheless proved to be his final album.