Little Richard Dead at Age 87 – My Personal Tribute

I was truly saddened to learn of Little Richard’s death due to causes related to bone cancer.  Along with Elvis, Fats, Chuck, and Jerry Lee, he provided the sound track for my high school years.  At one point, I owned more Little Richard 45s than Elvis ones. I even  joined a Little Richard fan club called Rock Bops.

Here is a reprint of an cover article I wrote back in 1997 for a free Greenville, SC entertainment weekly called Creative Loafing.  The text on the cover is enlarged following after the picture, so you don’t need a magnifying glass to read it.


This was a pretty disjointed way to present my old article.  It would have been better to show my original Word document, but after 23 years and four computers, I can’t find it.

By the way, the concert was terrific, and he did play “Heebie Jeebies.”

We will miss you Little Richard.  Say hi to Elvis for us.


6 responses to “Little Richard Dead at Age 87 – My Personal Tribute

  1. Hi Phil,
    So sad that the great Little Richard has left us as well, although, I guess there’s consolation in the fact that he got to live a very long life. I’m still jealous though, that you got to experience all this great music as it happened. I would love to have been there at the beginning! Of course it survives for those of us who couldn’t be there, but it must have been amazing to experience it in the conservative fifties!

    • Hi Katgirlblue: Yes, I was very lucky to be a teenager when all that great new rock & roll music arrived. I played my Little Richard playlist the other day. As I listened to 19 songs back-to-back, I realized something. The sax parts in most songs were terrific and a big part of what made records so good. Little Richard was lucky to have a great sax player in his band.


  2. Clementine Moriarty

    Seems like all the Legends have left us….Little Richard RIP

    • Jerry Lee Lewis is still with us. And he led such a hazardous lifestyle. Still performing once in a while, I think.

  3. Hello Phil: I enjoyed your tribute to Little Richard. We are losing all the greats of rock and roll history. A little tidbit of Little Richard history – “Tutti Frutti” was recorded in New Orleans at Cosimo Matassa’s J&M Recording Studio. Cosimo Matassa was the “Sam Phillips” of New Orleans in my opinion. I will write something on this at some point. My favorite Little Richard song was “Lucille” and I was actually rocking out to it not that long ago. That is a darn good song.

    • Hi Gerard. If you get your Cosimo Matassa story written this year, I’d be happy to post it here on ElvisBlog.


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