Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, Elton John Pay Tribute to Little Richard

May 11, 2020

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Scores of musical luminaries took to social media this past weekend to honor to the late, great Little Richard after he passed away on Saturday at the age of 87 following a battle with cancer. Here are just 10 of the tributes (check the link for more):

  • Bob Dylan: "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.” 

  • Paul McCartney: "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.' I had to admit he was right.” 

  • Mick Jagger: "He was the biggest inspiration of my early teens...When we were on tour with him, I would watch his moves every night and learn from him how to entertain." 

  • Keith Richards: "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!"

  • Elton John: "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."

  • Jimmy Page: "A very sad loss...It’s Little Richard’s songs that pioneered rock-n-roll."

  • Brian Wilson: "He was there at the beginning and showed us all how to rock and roll. He was a such a great talent and will be missed. Little Richard’s music will last forever."

  • Stevie Van Zandt: "The man who invented rock-n-roll. Elvis popularized it. Chuck Berry was the storyteller. Richard was the archetype."

  • Cyndi Lauper: So sad Little Richard passed away. He married my husband and I. He was really one of the truly great rock-n-roll singers and one of the rock and roll pioneers. He will be missed."

  • Tom Morello: Little Richard was a performer so riveting, so extraordinary, that #JimiHendrix was his sideman and #JamesBrown his opening act."