A Salute to "The Architect of Rock'n'Roll" Little Richard
May 14, 2020
By Gene Stevens
Little Richard is gone! ‘The Architect of Rock’n’Roll’ was just one of several nicknames given to Richard Penniman – the flamboyant, wild man of the piano who frightened white middle-class, middle-aged, America in the 1950s, but electrified a generation of teenagers hungry for the excitement, frenzy and freedom of Rock’n’Roll. Although his classic hits were clustered within just three short years, his influence echoed through the decades from Elvis and The Beatles to James Brown, Michael Jackson and Prince – and resonates still.
I’ve prepared a special salute to Little Richard featuring his classic hits – of course – but also several songs that shaped this pioneer BEFORE his debut with ‘Tutti Frutti’. I’ll also play you a live performance from his historic appearance at Toronto’s Rock’n’Roll Revival in 1969, and a rare duet with the man who now really can claim to be ‘The Last Man Standing‘ – from among the ‘founding fathers’ of rock’n’roll. Find out who that is – this Sunday.
I’m also looking forward to saluting the City of Montreal – marking its 378th birthday on Sunday – by featuring ten of the most famous recording artists born in Montreal. This will be a great show, and I hope you’ll tune in this Sunday (May 17th) between 2-4:30 on Zoomer Radio.