Little Richard & Elvis

Little Richard, a giant in the early stages of Rock ‘n’ Roll whose hit include Tutti Frutti has died at his Tennessee home, surrounded by his family.  AGED 87

 

Richard had enormous influence over the genre, with insanely popular hits like the fantastically frenetic, “Tutti-Frutti” and “Long Tall Sally.”
His  music drew in both young black and white fans at a time when parts of the United States still were strictly segregated. Many white artists, such as Pat Boone, had their own hit versions of Richard’s songs, albeit considerably toned down and “safer” for the pop audience.
“I’ve always thought that rock ‘n’ roll brought the races together,” Richard once told an interviewer. “Although I was black, the fans didn’t care. I used to feel good about that.”
Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, James Brown, Otis Redding, David Bowie and Rod Stewart all cited Little Richard as an influence. Jimi Hendrix, who played in Richard’s band in the mid-1960s, said he wanted to use his guitar the way Richard used his voice.

The Beatles have credited Richard as being inspirational to the Fab Four. Elvis Meets the Beatles

 
Little Richard concert series at Walt Disney World in 2006 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Richard was born Richard Wayne Penniman in 1932. Ironically, he was born in a depression and died in what feels like a depression. His dad had disdain for Richard’s sexuality and threw him out of the family home when he was just 13.
His hits include ‘TUTTI FRUTTI’ & ‘GOOD GOLLY MISS MOLLY’ (which Elvis Presley also recorded)