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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

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lagniappe

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

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

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lagniappe

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

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lagniappe

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

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