Yesterday, rock and roll lost an original star in Little Richard. And now Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Ringo Starr have shared fond memories of times with one of their biggest influencers. Both surviving members of the Fab Four shared a snap of The Beatles with Little Richard back in the early sixties on their Instagram accounts.
Sir Paul wrote: “From Tutti Frutti to Long Tall Sally to Good Golly, Miss Molly to Lucille, Little Richard came screaming into my life when I was a teenager.
“I owe a lot of what I do to Little Richard and his style, and he knew it.
“He would say, ‘I taught Paul everything he knows’. I had to admit he was right.
“In the early days of The Beatles, we played with Richard in Hamburg and got to know him.”
Meanwhile, other rock stars who were influenced by Little Richard have been sharing their appreciation for the fifties legend.
Queen guitarist Brian May wrote: “RIP Little Richard – so sad to hear of the passing of this wonderful wonderful innovator – who cried and screamed through his music and the whole world began to rock. Immeasurable loss to the world.”
While Queen drummer Roger Taylor said: “The original king of real rock ‘n’ roll has left us. RIP Little Richard.
“None of us would be here without you. You invented and embodied the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll.”
Sir Elton John posted: “Without a doubt – musically, vocally and visually – he was my biggest influence.
“Seeing him live in my teens was the most exciting event in my life at that point.
“Goosebumps, electricity and joy came from every pore.
“His records still sound fresh and the opening few seconds of Tutti Frutti are the most explosive in music history.”