Saw that guy on the toob back in the 90's and he looked like a cadaver.
Gay, Black, Christian, Disabled -- and a matchless rock n' roll performer. Prayers and good thoughts for him.
Whew - Little Fuckin Richard, maybe the original Wild Man. Keep trying to imagine coming upon this in the '50s, in a world that already contained Bill Monroe and Thelonious Monk at the same time as the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts on Saturday afternoons. I dunno, this is coming from a guy who has always hated rocknroll.....but Little Richard always cracked me up. I've always found it just wonderful that the world is able to contain all that it does, and Little Richard besides.
Somebody once asked Little Richard what he thought of Jimi Hendrix, and he said "Jimi Hendrix woooooh, Jimi Hendrix woooooh, first time I seen Jimi Hendrix my toooooe shot straight up in my boot." Gotta love it.
I was told - never saw it so can't confirm it - that one time on Johnny Carson, Johnny asked him what he attributed his success to. Little Richard responded with a couple of platitudes and then added, "...and I could scream like a white woman!"
Mr. Penniman is alive and mostly well in Lynchburg, TN. (Moore County)
Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Little Richard, James Brown, the Platters and many others did much with their music to break down the old color barriers. Black rock musicians are rarely mentioned in that context.
I actually saw an interview when LR told the interviewer that early in his career he was "scuhreeemin like a whaaat womin!" Never forgot that one!
I was watching Cher being interviewed one time and she was talking about when Little Richard was a guest on the Sonny and Cher Show. He got mad because he didn't have a speaking part in a skit so he didn't show up for rehearsal. They called him to see why he wasn't there and he said he was sick. When they asked what was wrong he said he had stomach cancer.
I have practiced Acupuncture for 30 years. I have helped many people in Little Richard's situation. I hope someone will provide my contact information to him. It may save his life.
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I wanna see that...the guy sticking the needles in Ruchard. My wife claims he has sons. Says he will admit to it. I'm doubtful. Best filmed performance I saw was him in Italy, where he threw his shoe at the audience.
Perhaps the wildest show I ever saw was when Little Richard, at the crescendo of his totally rocking & outrageous set, collapsed the stage at LA's Olympic Auditorium in 1970. At the time he was dancing on top of the grand piano. I was about 25ft from the stage looking up at him. The stage was mobbed by at least 100 people from the audience dancing. There was a sound like the crack of doom, and I have this indelible acid picture in my mind of Richard floating horizontally in the air above the piano, with his eyes bugging out as everything and everybody went down. Nobody died, and it was a miracle that the amps and the giant light standards didn't fall in on top of everybody. Just another tale from the days before the last gasp of hippiedom died...