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Reply #60 posted 05/13/20 5:59am

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I adore Prince and love Michael, but none of them would amount to anything without Richard setting the blueprint NOT JUST for black artists, NOT JUST for white artists.. but for the concept of what a pop artist is.

Name a musician before Little Richard who wore shiny clothing. Name a vocalist before Little Richard who sang fast songs with a beat. Name a musician -- no, a performer -- no, a celebrity who was the definition of a "pop star."

POP STAR - Meaning, a person who becomes notable for 1 particular skill they are traditionally competent at, who then builds an entirely new universe and persona on top of that talent in order to revolutionize entertainment, and in the process, inadvertantly write a script that mutliple generations of people will follow until the end of time.

People who say they can't see Richard's influence on Prince, who say they'd rather give credit to James Brown, Sly, Hendrix, etc.... In many cases Little Richard was the direct influence, and in some cases he was literally the one who started their careers.

But forget all that. How about the fact that he, just like Prince, to this day has music that has gone unreleased and was recorded during the prime of his talent? Richard was arguably at his best 10-20 years after he lost fame. Covering the Beatles coming full circle and smashing it...

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Reply #61 posted 05/13/20 6:12am

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Number1Crush said:

I adore Prince and love Michael, but none of them would amount to anything without Richard setting the blueprint NOT JUST for black artists, NOT JUST for white artists.. but for the concept of what a pop artist is.

Name a musician before Little Richard who wore shiny clothing. Name a vocalist before Little Richard who sang fast songs with a beat. Name a musician -- no, a performer -- no, a celebrity who was the definition of a "pop star."

POP STAR - Meaning, a person who becomes notable for 1 particular skill they are traditionally competent at, who then builds an entirely new universe and persona on top of that talent in order to revolutionize entertainment, and in the process, inadvertantly write a script that mutliple generations of people will follow until the end of time.

People who say they can't see Richard's influence on Prince, who say they'd rather give credit to James Brown, Sly, Hendrix, etc.... In many cases Little Richard was the direct influence, and in some cases he was literally the one who started their careers.

But forget all that. How about the fact that he, just like Prince, to this day has music that has gone unreleased and was recorded during the prime of his talent? Richard was arguably at his
best 10-20 years after he lost fame. Covering the Beatles coming full circle and smashing it...


All so true. But Little Richard did not spring fully formed from the ethers either, amazing as he was. He had contemporaries, during his time, doing similar acts. They just didn't get to the top. I mentioned Esquerita upthread and of course genius James Booker, "the Black Liberace". There are others too.

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Reply #62 posted 05/13/20 11:32am

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RIP

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Reply #63 posted 05/13/20 5:54pm

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Number1Crush said:

I adore Prince and love Michael, but none of them would amount to anything without Richard setting the blueprint NOT JUST for black artists, NOT JUST for white artists.. but for the concept of what a pop artist is.

Name a musician before Little Richard who wore shiny clothing. Name a vocalist before Little Richard who sang fast songs with a beat. Name a musician -- no, a performer -- no, a celebrity who was the definition of a "pop star."

POP STAR - Meaning, a person who becomes notable for 1 particular skill they are traditionally competent at, who then builds an entirely new universe and persona on top of that talent in order to revolutionize entertainment, and in the process, inadvertantly write a script that mutliple generations of people will follow until the end of time.

People who say they can't see Richard's influence on Prince, who say they'd rather give credit to James Brown, Sly, Hendrix, etc.... In many cases Little Richard was the direct influence, and in some cases he was literally the one who started their careers.

But forget all that. How about the fact that he, just like Prince, to this day has music that has gone unreleased and was recorded during the prime of his talent? Richard was arguably at his best 10-20 years after he lost fame. Covering the Beatles coming full circle and smashing it...

I agree, so true! Imo, Little Richard never really got the credit or accolade he deserved.

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Reply #64 posted 05/13/20 10:09pm

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If you want to HEAR Little Richard's influence listen to Deep Purple.
If you want to SEE his influence, watch Prince.

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Reply #65 posted 05/15/20 10:35am

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Reply #66 posted 05/15/20 11:59pm

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Little Richard - The Specialty Sessions (1989, Vinyl) | Discogs

Oh wow, sad to hear. I have his Specialty sessions cd collection and it is great. R.I.P

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Reply #67 posted 05/16/20 10:46am

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Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Little Richard will be buried at Oakwood University, a historically black university in Huntsville, Alabama.

Gerald Kibble, director of Oakwood Memorial Gardens, said the private funeral will be held Wednesday (May 20) and will not be open to the public.

Little Richard’s close friend Pastor Bill Minson said the singer was an alumnus of the university. Little Richard died May 9 at the age of 87 in Tennessee due to bone cancer.


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Reply #68 posted 05/16/20 11:04am

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LOTS of musical roots - wiki

Beginnings (1947–1955)

In October 1947, Sister Rosetta Tharpe overheard 14-year-old Penniman singing her songs before a performance at the Macon City Auditorium. She invited him to open her show.[19] After the show, Tharpe paid him, inspiring him to become a professional performer.[20][21] Penniman stated that he was inspired to play the piano after he heard Ike Turner's piano intro on "Rocket 88."[22] In 1949, he began performing in Doctor Nubillo's traveling show. Penniman was inspired to wear turbans and capes in his career by Nubillo, who also "carried a black stick and exhibited something he called 'the devil's child'—the dried-up body of a baby with claw feet like a bird and horns on its head." Nubillo told Penniman he was "gonna be famous" but that he would have to "go where the grass is greener."[23]

Before entering the tenth grade, Penniman left his family home and joined Dr. Hudson's Medicine Show in 1949, performing Louis Jordan's "Caldonia".[23] Penniman recalled that the song was the first secular R&B song he learned, since his family had strict rules against playing R&B music, which they considered "devil music."[24] Penniman also performed in drag during this time, performing under the name "Princess LaVonne".[25] In 1950, Penniman joined his first musical band, Buster Brown's Orchestra, where Brown gave him the name Little Richard.[26] Performing in the minstrel show circuit, Penniman, in and out of drag, performed for various vaudeville acts such as Sugarfoot Sam from Alabam, the Tidy Jolly Steppers, the King Brothers Circus and Broadway Follies.[27]

Having settled in Atlanta, Georgia, at this point, Penniman began listening to rhythm and blues and frequented Atlanta clubs, including the Harlem Theater and the Royal Peacock where he saw performers such as Roy Brown and Billy Wright onstage. Penniman was further influenced by Brown's and Wright's flashy style of showmanship and was even more influenced by Wright's flamboyant persona and showmanship. Inspired by Brown and Wright, Penniman decided to become a rhythm-and-blues singer and after befriending Wright, began to learn how to be an entertainer from him, and began adapting a pompadour hairdo similar to Wright's, as well as styling a pencil mustache, using Wright's brand of facial pancake makeup and wearing flashier clothes.[28]


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Reply #69 posted 05/16/20 11:15am

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The celebrity – and fictional – weddings Little Richard officiated

For Richard Penniman, the best part of being a minister was being legally licensed to perform wedding ceremonies for his friends. Among those couples he joined in holy matrimony? Demi Moore and Bruce Willis in 1987; Bruce Springsteen E Street Band member Stevie Van Zandt and his wife Maureen in 1982; singer Cyndi Lauper and her husband, David Thornton in 1991; and the late Tom Petty to Dana York in 2001.




Little Richard (right) weds Steven Van Zandt and Maureen Van Zandt (center) in 1982.

Little Richard (right) weds Steven Van Zandt and Maureen Van Zandt (center) in 1982. (Photo: Courtesy of Steven Van Zandt/Contributed)

In addition to these celebrity weddings, the Grammy-Award winning singer and musician also appeared on daytime dramas One Life To Live and The Young and The Restless as himself performing fictional weddings with his usual brilliant panache.


Little Richard in a wedding scene from 'One  Life to Live' 1995

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Reply #70 posted 05/16/20 11:28am

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Little Richard in 2007
Little Richard in 2007 | Hiroyuki Ito/Getty Images
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Reply #71 posted 05/18/20 7:09pm

Number1Crush

Here is the video clip of the cover song I referenced earlier. For full disclousure I am just a kid in my 20s, I first saw this video a mere 2 years ago, but there is a certain point watching this video where you see exactly where Prince came from. I recall being in a state of shock when I realized it. Tell me if you can point to it.

https://www.youtube.com/w...fuDbjcbFY0

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Reply #72 posted 05/20/20 10:29am

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Someone at the funeral is streaming this live


https://www.facebook.com/...4ODgwMDkz/

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Reply #73 posted 05/20/20 12:52pm

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luv4u said:

Someone at the funeral is streaming this live


https://www.facebook.com/...4ODgwMDkz/


This is wonderful Luv. It's still up - a 2 hour video of all the proceedings and speakers at the gravesite. Real roots. Little Richard was so loved.

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Reply #74 posted 05/20/20 1:27pm

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The Wild Heartof Rock & Roll

From the moment Little Richard shouted “A wop bop a loo bop a wop bam boom!” in 1955, the world was never the same. His life was full of painful internal conflict, but no one better defined the freedom and raw energy of rock & roll

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He was born the third of 12 children in Macon, Georgia, on December 5th, 1932, though he sometimes said it was December 25th, perhaps to honor Christ his savior, perhaps to burnish his own legend, or more likely both. His parents wanted to call him Ricardo, but the birth certificate said Richard, his maternal grandfather’s name. It was a sign from the start that he was no one thing, had no one identity.

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He was different, born that way: His right leg was shorter than the left. He walked with short steps. “The kids didn’t realize I was crippled. They thought I was trying to twist and walk feminine,” he told Charles White in The Life and Times of Little Richard, an authorized biography. “The kids would call me faggot, sissy, freak, punk. They called me everything.”

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And in return, he became everything, an omnibeing who contained multitudes, whose art refracted, critiqued, and remade American identity, drawing explosive power from multiple consciousnesses: male, female; white, black; straight, gay; the pleasures of the flesh and the word of God. He sang in tongues, in codes. He wore makeup, teased his hair a foot high. He used masks to both conceal and reveal, to enact his truth in plain sight. If you knew, you knew. And if you didn’t, no matter. He did, and his knowledge gave his music world-conquering power.

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Reply #75 posted 05/20/20 1:39pm

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Reply #76 posted 05/20/20 2:12pm

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"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything." --Plato
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Reply #77 posted 05/23/20 12:34am

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Little Richard Final Message - 2017


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTXfx4h4iPs


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Reply #78 posted 05/29/20 3:58pm

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RIP pray Little Richard's appearance in the classic The Girl Can't Help It (1956) was truly amazing nod https://www.youtube.com/w...oxN55f7fzU

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Reply #79 posted 06/02/20 7:38am

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Goddess4Real said:

RIP pray Little Richard's appearance in the classic The Girl Can't Help It (1956) was truly amazing nod https://www.youtube.com/w...oxN55f7fzU


My favourite song by him too! biggrin

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