Insurmountable emancipator. even Liberace took things from him. Not to mention Michael Jackson (who in a very valuable gesture, after having bought the rights to his idol’s songs, after having to meet a line of record companies and managers who tirelessly scammed him, ended up returning them to them. Or to Prince himself. , who owes him much of his physique du role. Without the appearance of Little Richard, then, that carefree black, rock and roll would still wear a shirt and tie. He was always right in saying that he could have been called “The King of Rock and Roll ”, but strictly speaking he had to be a seductive white copycat who took his image and his dance skills while Richard was a constant prey of the prevailing racism, to end up taking him with him and obtaining the crown.
In “The Life and Times of Little Richard: The Quasar of Rock”, definitive biography originally published by Harmony Books in 1984, and dedicated to Leva Mae Penniman, mother of Richard and his twelve other siblings (highly recommended, and one of the best in history made on any musician), its author Charles White points out that “with songs like Tutti Frutti, Long Tall Sally, Ready Teddy, Lucille, Good Golly Miss Molly, and many but many more, Little Richard laid the foundations for a new musical form: Rock and Roll. His powerful voice and flamboyant performances gave the twentieth century a freer spirit, allowing later stars like Paul McCartney, Tom Jones, Elvis Presley, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, and Michael Jackson to do their thing. Still, he was always treated as an insane revolutionary, beyond ordinary comprehension or serious analysis … An uncontrollable genius whose influence on Western culture is incalculable, but whose personal life has been tormented by outrageous sexuality, and gluttony by public worship. As a totally new phenomenon in the 1950s, he had to deal with every stigma and label the press could put on him. At the same time, Richard’s desire to become Minister of God and prophet of peace among the races personifies the most crucial conflict of man, the battle between good and evil that exists in all of us. “
South America had its chance to enjoy the most provocative musician who gave birth to the belly of rock and roll on two occasions, albeit in a limited way.