Richard Wayne Penniman: A flawed and complex man. A great soul. He kept the deal and kept it real by always being the real deal. He was lost and saved and lost and saved again. He was straight. He was gay. He was straight once again. He was “the Innovator, The Originator, and The Architect of Rock and Roll” He was Funk. He was Soul. He was Gospel. He was of Rock and Roll. Like Whitman, Little Richard was “vast and contained multitudes.”
I can’t think of any eulogy that could sum up such a complex amalgam of a life.
In a way, this British guitarist’s fascinating if verbose analysis of his talent and how he deployed it is better than a eulogy on this essential American.
After all Little Richard not only always had the groove he was always so very eager to share.