By JOHN DALY
Celebrities and fans paid tribute to Little Richard, who took an unorthodox and wildly exciting path as an early inventor of Rock N Roll. It was announced on Saturday that he passed away at age 87 from bone cancer.
Brian Wilson, Bob Dylan, Billy Idol and a host of others posted videos, words and images that captured their Little Richard experiences and their feelings for the flamboyant and influential musician.
Richard was among the early inductees into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame.
“Inductee Little Richard ripped-up the fifties,” said Greg Harris, President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “His unrestrained musicality and charismatic persona created a Rock N Roll blueprint followed by generations. Songs like ‘Tutti Frutti,’ ‘Long Tall Sally’ and ‘Good Golly, Miss Molly’ were amplified by Richard’s rockin’ piano, rolling rhythms and an electric stage presence. His sound and style were the cornerstones of Rock N Roll, and his outrageousness and rebellious spirit challenged the world to change.”
— Billy Idol (@BillyIdol) May 9, 2020
RIP Little Richard, you were truly one of a kind!!
— Pee-wee Herman (@peeweeherman) May 9, 2020
I’m very sorry to hear about Little Richard. He was there at the beginning and showed us all how to rock and roll. He was a such a great talent and will be missed. Little Richard’s music will last forever.
Love & Mercy, Brian pic.twitter.com/kcak6Rf4Re
— Brian Wilson (@BrianWilsonLive) May 9, 2020
I just heard the news about Little Richard and I’m so grieved. He was my shining star and guiding light back when I was only a little boy. His was the original spirit that moved me to do everything I would do.
— Bob Dylan (@bobdylan) May 9, 2020