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Influential rock musician Little Richard, known for hits such as “Tutti Frutti” and “Good Golly, Miss Molly,” died Saturday at the age of 87. The singer called himself “the architect of rock and roll,” and his career spanned seven decades. His other classic songs include “Rip It Up” and “Long Tall Sally.”
Following the news of his death, many top names from the film industry, including Ava DuVernay, Spike Lee and Edgar Wright; and music industry, such as Ringo Starr, Keith Richards, Bob Dylan, Ronnie Wood, Bruno Mars, Billy Idol, Iggy Pop and Cyndi Lauper, took to social media to share their memories of Little Richard and pay tribute.
DuVernay’s message touched on a personal memory of the musician. “I served soul food brunch to Little Richard every day for a year while waitressing at Aunt Kizzy’s back porch in LA,” she wrote on Twitter. “I was a college student. He tipped me a crisp $100 bill each week on a $75 breakfast with friends. This was 30 years ago. Helped me so much. God rest his soul.”
Lee shared in his message, “Rest in peace to one of the great true creators of rock and roll.” He included a commercial he directed in 1991 that featured the singer, along with Michael Jordan.
“RIP Little Richard,” wrote Wright in his post. “It’s some feat to have music made that still sounds raucous 62 years later. His sound never dated and he had an energy rarely equalled. Loved him.”
In a statement sent to The Hollywood Reporter, Pat Boone reflected on Little Richard’s death: “Richard and I are brothers, musically and spiritually. I had million-selling records of his early R&B hits, which weren’t known on pop radio … and he credited me with helping him cross over to the larger market. But way more than that, we knew we were Christian brothers and we celebrated that. I look forward to seeing him again before too long.”
“Inductee Little Richard ripped up the 50s,” wrote the official Twitter account for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “His unrestrained musicality and charismatic persona created a rock and roll blueprint followed by generations. His sound and style were the cornerstones of rock and roll, and his outrageousness and rebellious spirit challenged the world to change.”
Political figures such as Michelle Obama and Kamala Harris also posted about Little Richard. “Unapologetically himself, Little Richard, the architect of rock ‘n’ roll forged a path in both music and style so other artists could emulate,” wrote Harris. “The world is a better and brighter place because of his music.”
Rock band Spoon posted several photos of the musician with the caption “Bless him,” while John Cusack simply wrote “Oh no! Damn, rip.”
Starr wrote in his tribute, “God bless Little Richard one of my all-time musical heroes. Peace and love to all his family.”
View these tributes and more, below.
I served soul food brunch to Little Richard every Sunday for a year while waitressing at Aunt Kizzy’s Back Porch in LA. I was a college student. He tipped me a crisp $100 bill each week on a $75 breakfast with friends. This was 30 years ago. Helped me so much. God rest his soul. https://t.co/L0vo1tPdBv
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) May 9, 2020
Rest In Peace To One Of The True Creators Of Rock And Roll. This Is The Commercial I Directed With Little Richard And Michael Jordan, 1991. pic.twitter.com/51bEV1eYKB
— Spike Lee (@SpikeLeeJoint) May 9, 2020
— SPOON (@spoontheband) May 9, 2020
RIP Little Richard. It’s some feat to have made music that still sounds raucous 62 years later. His sound never dated and had an energy rarely equalled. Loved him. https://t.co/fsk3uXhaxF
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) May 9, 2020
— John Cusack (@johncusack) May 9, 2020
God bless little Richard one of my all-time musical heroes. Peace and love to all his family. pic.twitter.com/H2lzKbX3tm
— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) May 9, 2020
— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) May 9, 2020
— Billy Idol (@BillyIdol) May 9, 2020
— Carole King (@Carole_King) May 9, 2020
So sad Little Richard passed away. He married my husband and I. He was really one of the truely great rock and roll singers and one of the rock and roll pioneers. He will be missed
— Cyndi Lauper (@cyndilauper) May 9, 2020
MESSAGE FROM IGGY: „Dear Little Richard, thank you, RIP”
— Iggy Pop (@IggyPop) May 9, 2020
So sad to hear that my old friend Little Richard has passed. There will never be another!!! He was the true spirit of Rock’n Roll! pic.twitter.com/yU1EJmjejU
— Keith Richards (@officialKeef) May 9, 2020
With his exuberance, his creativity, and his refusal to be anything other than himself, Little Richard laid the foundation for generations of artists to follow. We are so lucky to have had him. Sending all my love to his family and friends today.
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) May 9, 2020
I had the opportunity to work with him on Hollywood Squares, and when I ran into him later for another charity gig, he said he thought this clip was funny. I just about started crying! RIP #LittleRichard pic.twitter.com/NH31ktaT9j
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) May 9, 2020
— Lee Daniels Entertainment (@leedanielsent) May 9, 2020
What a legend! RIP Little Richard https://t.co/zirAXxSL2K
— Demi Moore (@justdemi) May 9, 2020
Absolutely heartbroken this morning at also hearing the news of the passing of my bro & friend, the great Little Richard. From our connection through our mutual mentor, Bumps Blackwell, to recording “Money Is” & “Do It To It” for the $ soundtrack, to…https://t.co/jeHNYYobEP pic.twitter.com/aEJEQVuNN9
— Quincy Jones (@QuincyDJones) May 9, 2020
I was once asked, “If u could meet one person, who would it be?” I always said Little Richard. Because, to me, he was rock & roll’s most joyous, rebellious innovator.
Thank u for planting that seed, Richard. The world is a much happier place thanks to ur music.#RIPLittleRichard pic.twitter.com/kiq2VOZs8O
— Foo Fighters (@foofighters) May 9, 2020
Without a doubt – musically, vocally and visually – he was my biggest influence. 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. pic.twitter.com/Enno1mgfTO
I reached out to the legends legend
Little Richard……he accepted.
When he arrived in the studio, he made all of us feel like little kids. He played, he sang, he laughed and told us stories.
— Jon Bon Jovi (@jonbonjovi) May 9, 2020
Little Richard was one of the original rock ‘n’ rollers– He was THE ORIGINAL GLAM ROCKER, and he took a lot of abuse for being in the first wave. He forged a path for all of us who followed. pic.twitter.com/LKTxaPa2S2
— Joan Jett (@joanjett) May 9, 2020
I shall miss him, God bless Little Richard ~ rest in peace pic.twitter.com/mGdhqqRG1t
— Ronnie Wood (@ronniewood) May 9, 2020
Love you Little Richard. https://t.co/ql5PedKvzG
— Bruno Mars (@BrunoMars) May 9, 2020
Another legend taken from us. Unapologetically himself, Little Richard, the architect of rock ’n’ roll forged a path in both music and style so other artists could emulate. The world is a better and brighter place because of his music.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) May 9, 2020
Inductee Little Richard ripped-up the 50s. His unrestrained musicality & charismatic persona created a rock & roll blueprint followed by generations. His sound & style were the cornerstones of rock & roll, & his outrageousness and rebellious spirit challenged the world to change. pic.twitter.com/vegM9W1EEA
— Rock Hall (@rockhall) May 9, 2020
Little Richard, the innovator and founding father of Rock and Roll, may he Rest In Peace!
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) May 9, 2020
We will sure miss music icon and Rock ‘n’ Roll pioneer Little Richard. He influenced generations of artists and taught the world how to unapologetically be themselves. https://t.co/7tOtjIPx09
— SAG-AFTRA (@sagaftra) May 9, 2020
I just heard the news about Little Richard and I’m so grieved. He was my shining star and guiding light back when I was only a little boy. His was the original spirit that moved me to do everything I would do.
— Bob Dylan (@bobdylan) May 9, 2020
So very sad to hear of the passing of such a pioneer of music and all around amazing human being. Honored to have had the chance to have him on the show years ago and those memories are ones I’ll never forget. My deepest condolences go out to his family #littlerichard #rip pic.twitter.com/nuKQJThZ9y
— Martin Lawrence (@realmartymar) May 9, 2020
RIP to Little Richard. He was so very kind to us all on ‘Celebrity Duets’. Apart from being hilarious, when you heard him play soulfully, you knew you were in the presence of greatness. #LittleRichardRIP https://t.co/7eWP6UFavx
— Lucy Lawless (@RealLucyLawless) May 9, 2020
Little Richard was a great talent and a big part of my childhood so it was an honor when he played at my inauguration in 1993. His music influenced countless musicians and we still feel it today. I will miss him and his unforgettable charisma.
— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) May 9, 2020
Little Richard RIP pic.twitter.com/HU3erfK6S3
— The Beatles (@thebeatles) May 9, 2020
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