I once met Little Richard. This was back in the ’90s at Aunt Kizzy’s Back Porch in Marina Del Rey, California. I was having dinner with both of my sisters and our parents when Little Richard came in and sat down at a table right next to ours. His party appeared to be made up of family and friends. Soon after they got settled, a member of his party came over and gave my family several copies of a spiritual book. The gentleman stated that Little Richard wanted us to have them. I was touched. On our way out, each of us thanked Little Richard and shook the hand of this living legend. He had one of the warmest smiles that I have ever seen.
It is staggering when one realizes how much of the music that came after Little Richard was influenced by him. More often than not, music is created by individuals who build off of other music that they have been exposed to. Little Richard influenced scores of great artists when we account for whom he influenced and whom they influenced and so on. My two favorite Little Richard songs are Tutti Frutti (1955) and Good Golly Miss Molly (1958). I don’t know which one I like more. If I should ever decide, you will be among the first to know.