- Richard Wayne Penniman (known as Little Richard) passed away today in Nashville, Tennessee. Here are 10 of the best Little Richard quotes you should know.
Richard Wayne Penniman (known as Little Richard) passed away today in Nashville, Tennessee. On Little Richards’ Facebook Page, his son Danny Penniman wrote that Richards was battling bone cancer when he passed away.
Over the last seven decades, Little Richard was a cultural icon and is considered the “The Architect of Rock and Roll.” In the mid-1950s, a number of his songs started becoming popular and it featured unique piano styles mixed with raspy vocals. Some of his most well-known songs included “Tutti Fruitt,” “Long Tall Sally,” “Slippin’ and Slidin,’” “Rip It Up,” “Ready Teddy,” and “The Girl Can’t Help It.”
Little Richard was known for being an influence on The Beatles, James Brown, Bruce Springsteen, and Jimi Hendrix. The Beatles worked as an opening act for Little Richard at one point and Little Richard taught Paul McCartney how to do perform falsettos that were recording in their songs like “I Saw Her Standing There” and “She Loves You.”
Little Richard was born on December 5, 1932 in Macon Georgia. He was the third of 12 children. And his father worked as a bricklayer while also selling bootleg liquor on the side. Little Richard’s family was religious and he performed church music while he was young.
Little Richard took a break from music for a while, but then returned to the industry in the 1980s. He acted on TV shows like Miami Vice and also recorded secular music. Along with recording a children’s album for Disney, he also sang the theme song for the Magic School Bus TV show.
The world lost an icon, but he will be remembered for his contributions to the music industry. Here are 10 of the best Little Richard quotes
“Black people lived right by the railroad tracks, and the train would shake their houses at night. I would hear it as a boy, and I thought: I’m gonna make a song that sounds like that.”
“And I’d like to give my love to everybody, and let them know that the grass may look greener on the other side, but believe me, it’s just as hard to cut.“
“God gives us the ability, but rock ‘n’ roll was created by men.”
“I also think that what’s wrong with all of us is that we don’t show enough love toward each other.”
“I did what I felt, and I felt what I did, at all costs.”
“I never accepted the idea that I had to be guided by some pattern or blueprint.”
“I think they saw me as something like a deliverer, a way out. My means of expression, my music, was a way in which a lot of people wished they could express themselves and couldn’t.”
“I try to be a guide for people, to make their darkness bright and to make the pathway light, and never to condemn or control or criticize.”
“Rock ‘n’ roll offered me a platform to speak what I felt. It also offered me a platform to support my mama and my brothers and sisters – twelve children.”
“I believe some rock ’n’ roll music is really bad, but I believe that there is some not as bad. I believe that if the message is positive and elevating, and wholesome and uplifting, this makes you think clearly. If it’s not, then it is not good even in gospel.”