Little Richard Father of Rock dead at 87 years old

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A great legend in rock and rock has passed away. Little Richard father of rock dead at 87 years old. No one get’s out alive as Jim Morrison once said is all but coming the norm it seems. More and more of the great old kings of rock are leaving us. Little Richard passed away at his home this morning after a battle with cancer.

Tutti Frutti in 1956, and Long Tall Sally were his famous starting hits that put him on the charts of pop music. Rip It Up came along that same year. Lucille in 1957 and the famous Good Golly Miss Molly soon followed. Little Richard influenced many Rock Stars including Elton John and even the Beatles.

Little Richard Dead at 87

Although he never hit the top 10 again after 1958, Little Richard’s influence was massive. The Beatles recorded several of his songs, including “Long Tall Sally,” . Paul McCartney’s singing on those tracks and the Beatles own I’m Down paid tribute to Little Richard’s style. His songs became part of the rock and roll canon. Sung over the decades by everyone from the Everly Brothers, the Kinks, and Creedence Clearwater Revival. To Elvis Costello and the Scorpions rock and roll bands called him the king. Elvis popularized rock and roll but Chuck Berry was the storyteller and Richard was the archetype.

Little Richard Father of Rock

Richard had a smash of hits in the first year of his career which sent him soaring to the top of the charts. Soon he was a popular as Chuck Berry and Elvis himself. So what happened to Richard? A crazy dream of destruction and spiritual demise send him into isolation.

A plane engine that seemed to be on fire and a dream about the end of the world and his own damnation! Richard gave up music in 1957 and began attending the Alabama Bible school Oakwood College. He was eventually ordained a minister. When he finally cut another album, in 1959 his rock had changed to Gospel.

His gospel music career floundering, Little Richard returned to secular rock in 1964. Although none of the albums and singles he cut over the next decade for a variety of labels sold well, he was welcomed back by a new generation of rockers. The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan were fans of Richard and employed his style.

When Little Richard played the Star-Club in Hamburg in the early Sixties, the opening act was none other than the Beatles. “We used to stand backstage at Hamburg’s Star-Club and watch Little Richard play,” John Lennon said later. “He used to read from the Bible backstage and just to hear him talk we’d sit around and listen. I still love him and he’s one of the greatest.”

Little Richard Father of Rock

Opinion: Little Richard just might of been one of the reasons why

rock and roll is so famous today.

written by Brent Walker

Editor of Zoomers News

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