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PostSat May 09, 2020 7:36 am 
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The world has lost one of the pioneers of rock and roll....
https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/little-richard-founding-father-rock-133000796.html

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PostSat May 09, 2020 10:48 am 
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A little bit of "modern" U.S. entertainment history.

He was one of the reasons many parents would not let their children listen to rock and roll back in the day.  A black man performing upbeat "race" music with lyrics one could hardly understand.  What was he singing about?

Then Pat Boone and Rickey Nelson came aong.

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PostSat May 09, 2020 10:50 am 
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The Beatles opened for Little Richard.
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PostSat May 09, 2020 10:55 am 
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He was the soul of Rock and Roll

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PostSat May 09, 2020 11:21 am 
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nothin' quite like Little Richard! RIP

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PostSat May 09, 2020 12:24 pm 
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NYT ran a good obituary.


Delving deeply into the wellsprings of gospel music and the blues, and screaming as if for his very life, he created something new, thrilling and dangerous.

04/09/2020

Little Richard did not invent rock ’n’ roll. Other musicians had already been mining a similar vein by the time he recorded his first hit, “Tutti Frutti” — a raucous song about sex, its lyrics cleaned up but its meaning hard to miss — in a New Orleans recording studio in September 1955. Chuck Berry and Fats Domino had reached the pop Top 10, Bo Diddley had topped the rhythm-and-blues charts, and Elvis Presley had been making records for a year.

But Little Richard, delving deeply into the wellsprings of gospel music and the blues, pounding the piano furiously and screaming as if for his very life, raised the energy level several notches and created something not quite like any music that had been heard before — something new, thrilling and more than a little dangerous. As the rock historian Richie Unterberger put it, “He was crucial in upping the voltage from high-powered R&B into the similar, yet different, guise of rock ’n’ roll.”
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An Immeasurable Influence
Rock ’n’ roll was an unabashedly macho music in its early days, but Little Richard, who had performed in drag as a teenager, presented a very different picture onstage: gaudily dressed, his hair piled six inches high, his face aglow with cinematic makeup. He was fond of saying in later years that if Elvis was the king of rock ’n’ roll, he was the queen. Offstage, he characterized himself variously as gay, bisexual and “omnisexual.”

His influence as a performer was immeasurable. It could be seen and heard in the flamboyant showmanship of James Brown, who idolized him (and used some of his musicians when Little Richard began a long hiatus from performing in 1957), and of Prince, whose ambisexual image owed a major debt to his.

Presley recorded his songs. The Beatles adopted his trademark sound, an octave-leaping exultation: “Woooo!” (Paul McCartney said that the first song he ever sang in public was “Long Tall Sally,” which he later recorded with the Beatles.) Bob Dylan wrote in his high school yearbook that his ambition was “to join Little Richard.”

Little Richard’s impact was social as well.



“I’ve always thought that rock ’n’ roll brought the races together,” Mr. White quoted him as saying. “Especially being from the South, where you see the barriers, having all these people who we thought hated us showing all this love.”
Mr. Barnum told Mr. White that “they still had the audiences segregated” at concerts in the South in those days, but that when Little Richard performed, “most times, before the end of the night, they would all be mixed together.”

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He was lured back to the stage in 1962, and over the next two years he played to wild acclaim in England, Germany and France. Among his opening acts were the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, then at the start of their careers.
He went on to tour relentlessly in the United States, with a band that at one time included Jimi Hendrix on guitar.
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PostSat May 09, 2020 3:16 pm 
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Yeah, he and Bo were my original musical idols.  Like the bumper sticker says: "I you think Elvis was king, you don't know Diddley!" (or Little Richard, or Chuck Berry, or Fats Domino)

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PostSat May 09, 2020 4:42 pm 
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Speaking of Fats...

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