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Sunday, July 19th

Before Jerry Lee, before Little Richard, there was . . .

Arizona Dranes (c. 1891-1963), “I Shall Wear a Crown,” c. 1927

Sunday, 12/2/12

Marion Williams (1927-1994) and the Stars of Faith, “Packin’ Up,” live



musical thoughts

I had gotten the inspiration for that ‘Wooo’ from gospel singer Marion Williams.

Little Richard

Little Richard, “Tutti Frutti” (single, 1955; album, 1957)

Sunday, 9/23/12

Little Richard testifies.

With Jerry Lee Lewis, “I’ll Fly Away,” TV show, 1983


With The Shirelles, “Joy, Joy, Joy,” TV show (England), 1963



random thoughts

What do you do when it becomes apparent that the story of your life is being told by an unreliable narrator?

Friday, 9/21/12

only rock ’n’ roll

Little Richard, “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” TV show (Shindig!), 1964

Friday, 1/29/10

William Zinsser, author of On Writing Well:

Short words are better than long words.

Little Richard:

I’m gonna rip it up . . .

Little Richard, “Rip It Up,” live (TV broadcast), c. 1956

Sunday, 10/25/09

When someone sounds as good as Aretha did last Sunday, only one word seems to fit: more.

Aretha Franklin (joined on the second number by Billy Preston and Little Richard), “Surely God Is Able,” “Packin’ Up,” live (Tribute to Marion Williams), Washington, D.C., 1993



My heart is still there in gospel music. It never left.—Aretha Franklin

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