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Little Richard dies; rockers react

News 11/05/2020

Little Richard, the legendary "architect of rock'n'roll," died on Saturday at the age of 87. 

"Little Richard died in Tullahoma, Tennessee of bone cancer. He was loved by his family and adored by millions," his family said in a statement through their lawyer, Bill Sobel.

The singer was said to have been sick for two months and passed away surrounded by his brother, sister and son, according to sources at TMZ. 

Many rockers and fans were saddened upon hearing Richard's death. A much tougher loss during these trying times. Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones shared his sadness on Twitter crediting Little Richard as his "biggest inspiration" to Jagger's early teens. "His music still has the same raw electric energy when you play it now as it did when it first shot through the music scene in the mid 50's," he said.

In 1963, his band toured alongside Richard, an experience that greatly inspired Jagger. "When we were on tour with him, I would watch his moves every night and learn from him how to entertain and involve the audience, and he was always so generous with advice to me."

Sir Paul McCartney also took to Twitter to pay his respects to Little Richard. "From 'Tutti Frutti' to 'Long Tall Sally' to 'Good Golly, Miss Molly' to 'Lucille', Little Richard came screaming into my life when I was a teenager. I owe a lot of what I do to Little Richard and his style; and he knew it. He would say, 'I taught Paul everything he knows'."

Elton John also expressed on Twitter, citing Richard as his biggest influence, musically, vocally and visually. The Rocketman wrote, "Seeing him live in my teens was the most exciting event in my life at that point. Goosebumps, electricity and joy came from every pore."

Led Zeppelin guitarist, Jimmy Page wrote, "RIP Little Richard, a very sad loss. my thoughts are with his loved ones.⁣ It's Little Richard's songs that pioneered rock' n' roll. I got to hear him and his band at the Newport Lounge in Miami and boy were they good."

"Huge influence & inspiration on how I started projecting my voice," Whitesnake's David Coverdale said. "Huge. Still astonishes me when I hear him sing."

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