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Friday, May 15th

only rock ‘n’ roll

Little Richard, 1932-2020

“Tutti Frutti,” 1956 (screen test, The Girl Can’t Help It)



“Long Tall Sally,” 1956 (Don’t Knock the Rock)



“Good Golly, Miss Molly,” 1958



“Rip It Up,” early 1960s



“Lucille,” 1973



When you look at today’s Grammy winners – God bless them – half of them were discovered when they were 10 years old, were groomed, and had managers and publicists. Little Richard just clawed his way to the top at a very early age with nothing except a tremendous amount of talent and gumption.

David Kirby, author of Little Richard: The Birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll (2009)



random sights

other day, Chicago

Sunday, May 10th


Little Richard (aka Richard Penniman), singer, pianist, songwriter, December 5, 1932–May 9, 2020

“Didn’t It Rain” (trad.), live, New York (Apollo Theater), 1985



“Yes, God Is Real” (K. Morris), 1960



“Peace in the Valley” (T. Dorsey), 1961




random sights

yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)


reading table

The hope that is left after all your hopes are gone—that is pure hope, rooted in the heart.

—Br. David Steindl-Rast (1926-), Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer (1984)

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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