Remembering the great Little Richard who was born on this day in 1932. Known as "The Architect", Richard's charismatic showmanship and dynamic music, characterized by frenetic piano playing, pounding back beat and raspy shouted vocals, laid the foundation for rock and roll.
His innovative emotive vocalizations and uptempo rhythmic music also played a key role in the formation of other popular music genres, including soul and funk. Richard influenced numerous singers and musicians across musical genres from rock to hip hop; his music helped shape rhythm and blues for generations.
1- Here, he talks about playing to white audiences, backstage at the 1972 London Rock and Roll Show.
2- Here, he is performing "Tutti Frutti" live at the 1972 London Rock and Roll Show.