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Sat May 9, 2020, 10:19 AM

Little Richard, Founding Father of Rock Who Broke Musical Barriers, Dead at 87

Source: Rolling Stone

Little Richard, a founding father of rock and roll whose fervent shrieks, flamboyant garb, and joyful, gender-bending persona embodied the spirit and sound of that new art form, died Saturday. He was 87. The musician’s son, Danny Penniman, confirmed the pioneer’s death to Rolling Stone, but said the cause of death was unknown.

Starting with “Tutti Frutti” in 1956, Little Richard cut a series of unstoppable hits – “Long Tall Sally” and “Rip It Up” that same year, “Lucille” in 1957, and “Good Golly Miss Molly” in 1958 – driven by his simple, pumping piano, gospel-influenced vocal exclamations and sexually charged (often gibberish) lyrics. “I heard Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis, and that was it,” Elton John told Rolling Stone in 1973. “I didn’t ever want to be anything else. I’m more of a Little Richard stylist than a Jerry Lee Lewis, I think. Jerry Lee is a very intricate piano player and very skillful, but Little Richard is more of a pounder.”

Although he never hit the top 10 again after 1958, Little Richard’s influence was massive. The Beatles recorded several of his songs, including “Long Tall Sally,” and Paul McCartney’s singing on those tracks – and the Beatles’ own “I’m Down” – paid tribute to Little Richard’s shredded-throat style. His songs became part of the rock and roll canon, covered over the decades by everyone from the Everly Brothers, the Kinks, and Creedence Clearwater Revival to Elvis Costello and the Scorpions.

Little Richard’s stage persona – his pompadours, androgynous makeup and glass-bead shirts – also set the standard for rock and roll showmanship; Prince, to cite one obvious example, owed a sizable debt to the musician. “Prince is the Little Richard of his generation,” Richard told Joan Rivers in 1989 before looking at the camera and addressing Prince. “I was wearing purple before you was wearing it!”

Read more: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/little-richard-dead-48505/

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Reply Little Richard, Founding Father of Rock Who Broke Musical Barriers, Dead at 87 (Original post)
catbyte May 9 OP
Clash City Rocker May 9 #1
spike jones May 10 #21
tulipsandroses May 9 #2
BumRushDaShow May 9 #3
turbinetree May 9 #4
hotrod0808 May 9 #5
mahatmakanejeeves May 9 #6
Drum May 9 #8
mahatmakanejeeves May 9 #9
Drum May 9 #10
frazzled May 9 #7
mr_lebowski May 9 #11
bedazzled May 9 #12
Ford_Prefect May 9 #13
Maxheader May 9 #14
MissMillie May 9 #15
catbyte May 9 #17
iluvtennis May 9 #16
abqtommy May 9 #18
blogslut May 9 #19
robersl May 9 #20
ripcord May 10 #22

Response to catbyte (Original post)

Sat May 9, 2020, 10:26 AM

1. A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-wop-bam-boom

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Response to Clash City Rocker (Reply #1)

Sun May 10, 2020, 01:35 PM

21. Rolling Stone magazine stated that the lyrics "A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-wop-bam-boom!"

is considered the most inspired rock lyric ever recorded.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Sat May 9, 2020, 10:40 AM

2. Rest in power Little Richard

He will be missed.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Sat May 9, 2020, 10:48 AM

3. Oh wow. Just saw a breaking on this

Talk about a ball of energy. Like a "younger" version of Chuck Berry.

What a loss to the entertainment world. R.I.P.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Sat May 9, 2020, 10:55 AM

4. Use to run around house singing some of those early songs...........




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Sat May 9, 2020, 11:34 AM

5. Great gosh a-mighty, this one hurts.

Rest in peace, Little Richard, and thank you for all of the music.

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Sat May 9, 2020, 12:05 PM

6. Little Richard (1932-2020) consenting to pose with obscure opening act in Hamburg, 1962:

Little Richard (1932-2020) consenting to pose with obscure opening act in Hamburg, 1962:


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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Reply #6)

Sat May 9, 2020, 12:11 PM

8. Sad about Little Richard, of course...and

Wow Paul’s eyebrows in that photo!

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Response to Drum (Reply #8)

Sat May 9, 2020, 12:12 PM

9. Yeah. That caught my eye too (so to speak). NT

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Reply #9)

Sat May 9, 2020, 12:26 PM

10. ...

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Sat May 9, 2020, 12:08 PM

7. I adored him

I know he's in a better place, while his work lives on in his joyous music and persona.

I offer this Tom Snyder interview with Little Richard from 1997 (there's a better one I remember, from the earlier incarnation of Snyder's Tomorrow Show, which I also adored during the 70s and early 80s). But this one is great too:



If I could find it on a non-pirate site I'd also post famed photographer/fillmmaker William Klein's The Little Richard Story.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Sat May 9, 2020, 12:41 PM

11. Huge loss ... the man was a pioneer ... and he'd be the first to tell ya so!

Dude was great, man.

Cross Gently, Sir Richard ...

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Sat May 9, 2020, 01:01 PM

12. Rubber duckie from sesame street

LOVE THIS!

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Sat May 9, 2020, 01:08 PM

13. Where did you think they got those Blue Suede Shoes?

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Rock on Richard, Rock on.

"Gonna sing a little song of love for you one more time!"

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Sat May 9, 2020, 01:24 PM

14. Rip wild man...



Rock on..

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Sat May 9, 2020, 01:51 PM

15. Will never forget him in "Mystery Alaska"

singing the national anthems...

RIP

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Response to MissMillie (Reply #15)

Sat May 9, 2020, 02:15 PM

17. And "Down and Out in Beverly Hills" with Bette Midler.

He was hilarious as their neighbor.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Sat May 9, 2020, 02:13 PM

16. Rest in Paradise Little Richard!

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Sat May 9, 2020, 02:20 PM

18. From The Guardian 5-9-20: Little Richard - a life in pictures*(...)

I saw this earlier today but one site claimed Little Richard's death was a hoax so I didn't post. Here it is:

* https://www.theguardian.com/music/gallery/2020/may/09/little-richard-a-life-in-pictures

I enjoyed his music as boy and man and he influenced me to be a musician...

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Sat May 9, 2020, 04:32 PM

19. Legend

One and only. Whatever it is they got, they stole it from Richard Penniman.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Sat May 9, 2020, 05:50 PM

20. Great Vocalist

One thing that often gets lost amidst the flamboyance and style of his performances - Richard was a phenomenal singer!

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Sun May 10, 2020, 04:50 PM

22. The man really loved to entertain

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