I LOVED Little Richard! What a force of nature. One of my earliest memories of seeing someone who was like nobody else. To say he was the truest of the true originals doesn’t even come close to describing his non-conformity and style.
And all that is before adding in his music. And influence.
I have so many vivid memories from the very few amazing times I was privileged to be in his presence. At the premiere of Purple Rain, he was running around yelling “I am Prince! I’m Prince.” And that was certainly arguable. When he agreed to be a guest on my Christmas special, I felt like the luckiest person in the world. I felt like that to have known him even a tiny bit.
Love to you in Heaven, Richard. And to your family here on earth. Rest In Peace.