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Little Richard: "I Am Done"
Ultimate Classic Rock ^ | 9/3/2013

Posted on 09/03/2013 9:59:16 AM PDT by My Favorite Headache

One of rock’s most distinctive and influential performers is calling it quits.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, legendary recording artist Little Richard admitted that, just a few months shy of his 81st birthday, he’s hanging it up as a performer. “I am done, in a sense,” he told the magazine, adding, “I don’t feel like doing anything right now.”

Troubled by sciatica and a degenerating hip, Little Richard (born Richard Penniman on Dec. 5, 1932) has performed sparingly in recent years and hasn’t always managed to play up to his usual standards. In June 2012, he was forced to stop a show, telling the crowd, “Jesus, please help me – I can’t hardly breathe. It’s horrible.” He recovered sufficiently to headline at 2013′s Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend, but that seems to have been a temporary reprieve.

According to the Rolling Stone article, he now spends his time designing clothes and praying — and thinking about the impact left by his groundbreaking early singles like ‘Tutti-Frutti’ and ‘Long Tall Sally.’ “I think my legacy should be that when I started in show business, there wasn’t no such thing as rock ‘n’ roll,” he mused. “When I started with ‘Tutti Frutti,’ that’s when rock really started rocking.”

A 65-year veteran of show business and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, as well as a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Little Richard helped lay the groundwork for scores of rock artists during the ’50s before announcing his retirement from secular music toward the end of the decade. Although he returned to his recording career during the following decade, he struggled to regain his commercial momentum, suffering through a few fallow years before reinventing himself as a steady live performer and studio sideman during the ’70s. His most recent LP, the Disney Records release ‘Shake It All About,’ was issued in 1992.


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KEYWORDS: litterichard; obamaeconomy; queenofrockandroll; retirement; unemploymentline
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1 posted on 09/03/2013 9:59:16 AM PDT by My Favorite Headache
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To: My Favorite Headache

Done hell, I thought he was dead.


2 posted on 09/03/2013 10:01:44 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Good for him.


3 posted on 09/03/2013 10:02:54 AM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos...)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Tutti Frutti, indeed.


4 posted on 09/03/2013 10:03:33 AM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: cripplecreek

Good!!!!!!!!!!!


5 posted on 09/03/2013 10:04:28 AM PDT by Capt_Hank (btu's...kcal's...to kJ's, but my activation energy is still high.)
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To: My Favorite Headache
When I was little, I thought playing the 45rpm single "Tutti Frutti" at 78rpm was the funniest thing.

6 posted on 09/03/2013 10:06:53 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: My Favorite Headache

A little Tutti Frutti goes a long way.


7 posted on 09/03/2013 10:06:57 AM PDT by Lockbar (Quality Factory Loaded Ammunition ----- The New Gold!)
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To: My Favorite Headache
My favorite Little Richard record:

“I Don’t Want to Discuss It” - Okeh Records (1966)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1tE-1hwMII

8 posted on 09/03/2013 10:08:27 AM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: My Favorite Headache
File under: Didn't know he was still alive.

Seriously, if Elvis Presley was still alive today, he'd be younger than Little Richard. Little Richard was making records before Elvis even came on the scene! Now that's longevity.

9 posted on 09/03/2013 10:09:06 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: My Favorite Headache
Interesting man.

And not a word about racism, God bless him.

10 posted on 09/03/2013 10:09:16 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: My Favorite Headache

t’aint easy being a legend.. but he pulled it off pretty good for a long long time..


11 posted on 09/03/2013 10:10:39 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi --)
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To: My Favorite Headache
Like all those early rock and roll stars, he was totally SCREWED on royalties.

Some of these modern performers have one hit and are instantly millionaires. Some of the people from the 50’s had hit after hit and really didn't come away with much at all.

12 posted on 09/03/2013 10:10:40 AM PDT by I cannot think of a name
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To: My Favorite Headache

A true legend and talent. For almost 60 years.

Youtube has all his hits and early videos of them.

He could always “rip it up”.


13 posted on 09/03/2013 10:11:01 AM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Another one of the “hardest working man in Rock and Roll.”


14 posted on 09/03/2013 10:14:26 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: My Favorite Headache

He performed here in Atlanta in 2005 or 2006 and my wife and I went to the show. He put on a great performance, played for about 90 minutes or so and did a lot of his hits of course. Even at his age, he could still play that piano, I thought the keys would start smoking at several points. What a great, great artist, I’m glad we saw him when we did.


15 posted on 09/03/2013 10:14:45 AM PDT by Stevenc131
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To: SamAdams76

He was making records when they were on blue wax tubes!

That dog in the old RCA ads? It was his!


16 posted on 09/03/2013 10:15:42 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: SamAdams76

My uncle loves doo-wop music and likes to attend a big annual festival with multiple acts on stage.

The organizers have announced that next year’s will be the last one, because they don’t expect anyone from the original acts to be alive much longer.


17 posted on 09/03/2013 10:22:02 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: My Favorite Headache

IMO, he had the greatest Rock and Roll band in the 50’s, The Upsetters. Having Grady Gains as lead sax man didn’t hurt either. His ‘Ready Teddy’ and ‘Good Golly Miss Molly’ drove all of us teenagers into a frenzy. Great top down convertible music.


18 posted on 09/03/2013 10:25:29 AM PDT by duckman (I'm part of the group pulling the wagon!)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Never quite one of my favorites, but he’s a legend, and he certainly could have spent time pushing a couple of political agendas, and instead all he did was push the music. I take my hat off to him!


19 posted on 09/03/2013 10:27:15 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (21st century. I'm not a fan.)
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To: BitWielder1

Hahahaha....that gave me a much-needed laugh today. How I used to get a kick out of doing that with songs...but back then we had record players that had that feature.. :-)


20 posted on 09/03/2013 10:27:52 AM PDT by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: I cannot think of a name

I know...it’s criminal what happened to the majority of those acts...royally screwed.


21 posted on 09/03/2013 10:28:30 AM PDT by My Favorite Headache (In a world where I feel so small, I can't stop thinking big.)
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To: My Favorite Headache

I remember a story told to me by a guitarist who worked with Little Richard at the same time Jimi Hendrix was there. According to him, Little Richard fired Hendrix with the parting words “There’s only room enough in this band for one star”.


22 posted on 09/03/2013 10:29:11 AM PDT by PUGACHEV
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To: mojito
My favorite...

"I Don't Know What You Got (But It's Got Me)"

23 posted on 09/03/2013 10:29:14 AM PDT by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (If you don't stand up, you don't stand a chance.)
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To: Huskrrrr

Little Richard IS Rock and Roll.


24 posted on 09/03/2013 10:29:50 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SueRae

Nobody under 40 knows what RPM means.


25 posted on 09/03/2013 10:30:46 AM PDT by Argus
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard
That’s a good one!

It’s too bad that his music from the 60’s is so little known, because his soul cuts from that era are at least the equal of his far better known 50’s rockandroll rave ups.

26 posted on 09/03/2013 10:36:29 AM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: duckman

How he pestered and pestered to get recorded is an interesting story in itself.


27 posted on 09/03/2013 10:38:07 AM PDT by TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl
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To: mojito

One of my favorites.....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqxNSvFMkag


28 posted on 09/03/2013 10:39:05 AM PDT by Gator113
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To: skeeter
Interesting man. And not a word about racism, God bless him.

I didn't see it, but I was told that on one of his Johnny Carson appearances Johnny asked him what he attributed his success to. Little Richard responded with a couple of platitudes but finished with "and I could scream like a white woman!" It would be great if this were true. It sure sounds like him.

29 posted on 09/03/2013 10:39:36 AM PDT by TexasKamaAina
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To: My Favorite Headache
saw him in 2007 at the house of blues in Anaheim. Very disapointing, was 1 1/2 hours late, talked more than he sang. The Mrs. and I left halfway through.

CC

30 posted on 09/03/2013 10:39:43 AM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl

One of a kind....


31 posted on 09/03/2013 10:39:49 AM PDT by Rodney Dangerfield (Ask the MSM about Christopher Newsom and Channon Christian. Observe the subsequent blank stares.)
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To: My Favorite Headache

This guy is awesome.
I guess sooner or later everybody runs low on energy.


32 posted on 09/03/2013 10:40:41 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: My Favorite Headache

Catalina Caper.


33 posted on 09/03/2013 10:44:45 AM PDT by struggle
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To: My Favorite Headache

81 ... and yet he could pass for one in his 50s.


34 posted on 09/03/2013 10:44:45 AM PDT by Rockitz (This is NOT rocket science - Follow the money and you'll find the truth.)
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To: Gator113

That’s great! What movie is that from?


35 posted on 09/03/2013 10:46:40 AM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl

“How he pestered and pestered to get recorded is an interesting story in itself.”

That was probably with the RCA label back in ‘51 or ‘52 when he first started out recording. However when he went to the Specialty label, around ‘55, his career changed and started to get crossover attention to the white audiences.


36 posted on 09/03/2013 10:47:06 AM PDT by duckman (I'm part of the group pulling the wagon!)
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To: SamAdams76
Sad to hear about Little Richard. Say what you will, but he IS an entertainer and his music is terrific.

I saw Little Richard at the annual Elvis Festival in Tupelo, MS about 10 years ago. Sitting on lawn chairs in a Parking lot waiting and waiting for Little Richard to perform and damn near leaving because I never cared for him anyhow, I am very glad we stayed. He finally came out and set the tone for his performance when he told the predominately white and older crowd that he was sorry he was late but he was having trouble with his makeup. Brought the place down. Then he really took over and gave show that can only be describes as TERRIFIC. This show came the year following the year they had Charley Daniels and B.B.King. Both of whom were unimpressive. Daniels in particular. Almost like he did not want to be there.

37 posted on 09/03/2013 10:49:34 AM PDT by Tupelo (There are no Republicans or Democrats in Washington. Just Millionaires protecting their turf.)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Little Richard in Down and Out in Beverly Hills...a classic.

http://youtu.be/lz1ntaYDc9c


38 posted on 09/03/2013 10:49:43 AM PDT by My Favorite Headache (In a world where I feel so small, I can't stop thinking big.)
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To: My Favorite Headache
I met him once in a restaurant in Murphreesboro. He was having a dinner with his family and sat next to us.

A balloon pop and he had a hilarious reaction. He said "I thought I was done for".

But he has an interesting personal testimony. He was gay early in his career. But he says God eventually convinced him that God made man to be with Steve not Eve.

Little Richard is proof that God can change homosexuals.

39 posted on 09/03/2013 10:51:07 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: My Favorite Headache

Poor man. I hope that he is able to learn to enjoy his retirement. He seemed to love performing.


40 posted on 09/03/2013 10:52:39 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Richard, you rocked the house!


41 posted on 09/03/2013 10:52:58 AM PDT by popdonnelly (The right to self-defense is older than the Constitution.)
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To: mojito

“Don’t Knock the Rock” (1956)


42 posted on 09/03/2013 11:04:59 AM PDT by Gator113
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To: My Favorite Headache; a fool in paradise

This is from 2001 (!) “Get Rhythm”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bxN6S2dfAs


43 posted on 09/03/2013 11:06:23 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: dfwgator

Little Richard IS Rock and Roll.

AMEN!!!


44 posted on 09/03/2013 11:35:33 AM PDT by Recon Dad (Gas & Petroleum Junkie)
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To: duckman

By pestered I meant he kept calling the recording co. and asking did you get my tape, did you get my tape, have you listened to it . . .? It’s my understanding that uo to that point he was scraping by playing at frat dances, etc.


45 posted on 09/03/2013 11:38:12 AM PDT by TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl
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To: DannyTN

Evidently, he made the switch not long after he became famous. In his autobiography, Little Richard relates a threesome he shared with his stripper girlfriend and Buddy Holly.


46 posted on 09/03/2013 12:04:25 PM PDT by ExNewsExSpook
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To: My Favorite Headache

He sang the title song of my favorite movie, “The Girl Can’t Help It.” I’ve seen that film at least nine times in the theater, and if a local theater screens it, I’ll see it again.


47 posted on 09/03/2013 12:10:16 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: exit82
Who started rock and roll? Bill Haley and the Comets are often mentioned as the artists who played the first Rock and Roll hit song "Rock around the Clock". Written in 1952 it was recorded by Haley in 1954.

The article in Wikipedia points out that Haley charted a year earlier with "Crazy Man, Crazy". And that "Shake, Rattle and Roll" hit #1 in 1954, also by Bill Haley.

Some say "Rocket 88" by Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats (which was really Ike Turner's band under a different name). March of 1951.

Tutti Frutti was released in 1955. Here's a nice article on the from Wikipedia.


1949 Rocket 88.


Louis Jordan, early Rock and Roll performer.


He'll tell you he's the REAL King of Rock and Roll, not Elvis: Little Richard.

48 posted on 09/03/2013 12:43:07 PM PDT by Jack Black ( Whatever is left of American patriotism is now identical with counter-revolution.)
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To: Jack Black

I agree. 17 no. 1 hits from 1955-1957.

In a time of discrimination in the South, too. His concerts were the first ones where whites and blacks mixed, because his appeal was so great.

Little Richard was in England and met the Beatles, who were big fans of his. He had legions of fans in England and France.

He showed them how to do the “wooooo” sound that become their trademark.

He was giving concerts even in 2012.

His life story is an amazing one.


49 posted on 09/03/2013 1:11:54 PM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: BitWielder1

Lol :^)

I was just thinking of the 45s and LPs I used to have a couple of days ago ;)


50 posted on 09/03/2013 1:40:40 PM PDT by Bikkuri (Molon Labe)
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