Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones & More Remember Little Richard
In response to the death of legendary architect of rock ‘n’ roll Little Richard, who died at the age of 87, many fellow legendary musicians and admirers shared touching remembrances and condolences for the man born Richard Wayne Penniman on December 5, 1932 in Macon, Georgia. Bob Dylan, The Beatles’ Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are among those who conveyed messages of love and respect for Little Richard.
“His was the original spirit that moved me to do everything I would do,” Dylan wrote as part of a series of tweets responding to Richard’s death.
“I owe a lot of what I do to Little Richard and his style; and he knew it,” McCartney shared. “He would say, ‘I taught Paul everything he knows.'”
“God bless little Richard one of my all-time musical heroes,” wrote Starr.
“I’m so saddened to hear about the passing of Little Richard,” Jagger posted. “He was the biggest inspiration of my early teens and his music still has the same raw electric energy when you play it now as it did when it first shot through the music scene in the mid ’50s. When we were on tour with him I would watch his moves every night and learn from him how to entertain and involve the audience and he was always so generous with advice to me. He contributed so much to popular music.”
“He was the true spirit of rock ‘n’ roll,” Richards stated.
Many others including Jerry Lee Lewis, The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and The Band’s Robbie Robertson shared similar regards for Little Richard. Scroll down for those and others:
Jerry Lee Lewis:
“It is with a heavy heart that I ask for prayers for the family of my lifelong friend and fellow Rocker ‘Little Richard.’ He will live on always in my heart with his amazing talent and his friendship! He was one of a kind and I will miss him dearly. God Bless his family and fans. Rest In Peace, my friend. Love Eternally, Jerry Lee Lewis.”
Little Richard performs “Lucille” at the 1989 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony