Long Live the King – Little Richard, 1932 – 2020
Written by Jeff Spaulding on May 9, 2020
He was the originator, not the imitator.
He was the Georgia Peach.
He was the prettiest person in Rock and Roll.
Little Richard, the True King of Rock and Roll, is Dead.
Richard was born Richard Penniman on December 5th in Macon, Georgia, and among his musical influences were Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Mahalia Jackson.
In 1951, Richard began his musical career with RCA Records, leaving a year later, signing with Peacock in 1953, and Speciality in 1955, he made his mark with “Tuiti Fruiti, followed by among others “Long Tall Sally” I’m 1956, “Slippin’ and “Sliding,”, “Lucille,” and “Good Holly Miss Molly.” In 1957, and airline scare made him quit Rock and Roll and he entered the ministry, recording religious songs. He returned to Rock and Roll in 1962, and toured with the Beatles, giving Paul McCartney his “woo.”
Among past members in his hand over the years was Jimi Hendrix.
A made for television biographical movie was released in 2000.
His son announced Richard died of bone cancer.
Long live the King.
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