There is almost nobody in pop who hasn’t been touched by Little Richard‘s music, and since news of his death from cancer at age 87 broke this morning, tributes from fellow artists have been pouring in. Read ones from Quincy Jones, Mick Jagger & Keith Richards, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr, Pete Best, Brian Wilson, Jimmy Page, Yoko Ono, Nile Rodgers, Chuck D, Slash, Chance the Rapper, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic, Tom MOrello, Deep Purple and Whitesnake’s David Coverdale, Joan Jett, Billy Bragg, Vince Staples, Steve Van Zandt, The Kinks’ Dave Davies, Questlove, KISS’ Gene Simmons, Margo Price, Teenage Fanclub’s Norman Blake, Garbage, Living Colour, Anthrax’s Charlie Benante, Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace, Sacred Reich, Sick Of It All, Frank Turner, Lloyd Cole, Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley, Stephen Malkmus, Jason Isbell, Converge’s Ben Koller, Patton Oswalt, and more. Read those below.
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
I played some shows with him in Europe in the early nineties and got to hang out in his dressing room a lot. He was always generous, kind and humble. And still dynamite as a performer and a musician and you could still learn plenty from him.
— Bob Dylan (@bobdylan) May 9, 2020
In his presence he was always the same Little Richard that I first heard and was awed by growing up and I always was the same little boy. Of course he’ll live forever. But it’s like a part of your life is gone.
— Bob Dylan (@bobdylan) May 9, 2020
From 'Tutti Frutti' to 'Long Tall Sally' to 'Good Golly, Miss Molly' to 'Lucille', 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'. pic.twitter.com/96bOzphhs8
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) May 10, 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
A night to remember little Richard. And the boys peace and love. ✌️🌟❤️🎶🎵🍒☮️ pic.twitter.com/VsRDLTVeeJ
— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) May 9, 2020
Memory. Sad to hear of Little Richards passing. I remember George diving under a table to grab a piece of jewellery Richard threw into the crowd in Hamburg. George came up smiling, covered in dirt, but holding the broach. pic.twitter.com/YrnZnRpnvZ
— Pete Best (@BeatlesPeteBest) May 9, 2020
RIP Little Richard, a very sad loss. My thoughts are with his loved ones.
It’s Little Richard’s songs that pioneered rock’n’roll. I got to hear him and his band at the Newport Lounge in Miami and boy were they good. pic.twitter.com/JXgahhJAfk
— Jimmy Page (@JimmyPage) May 9, 2020
Rest in Peace, Little Richard
love, yoko pic.twitter.com/VKa6bdsNxo
— Yoko Ono (@yokoono) 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
Remembering Little Richard, a truly one of a kind musical innovator and cornerstone of rock ’n’ roll. “He was a huge influence on all of us who came after him. Rock on with the angels, Little Richard” – John Fogerty
— Creedence Clearwater Revival (@TheOfficialCCR) May 9, 2020
Little Richard was a performer so riveting, so extraordinary, that #JimiHendrix was his sideman and #JamesBrown his opening act. THANKYOU for everything. THANKYOU for rock n roll. https://t.co/9AiUcBaOhk
— Tom Morello (@tmorello) May 9, 2020
Rip Little Richard
— vince (@vincestaples) May 9, 2020
RIP…HUGE Influence & Inspiration on how I started projecting my voice…HUGE…Still Astonishes Me When I Hear Him Sing…
Little Richard Dies At 87 | HuffPost https://t.co/tcgNl1iIu5
— David Coverdale (@davidcoverdale) May 9, 2020
A couple weeks ago I randomly decided to read up on the legendary Little Richard on wiki. I learned then about how he developed The Beatles and saved The Rolling Stones pic.twitter.com/lUEvYG1Mew
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) May 9, 2020
The loss of a true giant. My sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends. https://t.co/nzTDmQtLm7
— Nile Rodgers (@nilerodgers) May 9, 2020
Sadly, Little Richard passed away today. A founding Father of Rock And Roll, his contributions simply can’t be overstated. I had the honor of meeting Richard in his later years and was awed by his presence. He told me, “I am the architect of Rock And Roll.” Amen! ..Rest In Peace. https://t.co/ceQuNU6pkF
— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) May 9, 2020
One of the coolest riffs The best backbeat in the world Little Richard was an immense inspiration for me, love the man #riplittlerichard – Lucille (1957) [Long Version, High Quality Sound] https://t.co/VIAVy7boDF via @YouTube
— Dave Davies (@davedavieskinks) May 9, 2020
Little Richard. 💔
— Garbage (@garbage) May 9, 2020
RIP Little Richard. The man who invented It. Elvis popularized it. Chuck Berry was the storyteller. Richard embodied the Spirit of RocknRoll. Maureen and I were so honored being the first marriage he conducted. Were lucky to know him. He lives forever in the Underground Garage.
— 🕉🇺🇦🟦Stevie Van Zandt☮️💙 (@StevieVanZandt) May 9, 2020
Between takes, we all stood quietly while the crew set up the shots. On my right, Billy Preston; on my left, Little Richard. They traded piano riffs, communicating with each other in funky birdsong. Giants. RIP, Little Richard. 2/2
— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) May 9, 2020
— Billy Bragg (@billybragg) May 9, 2020
Rip true original Little Richard
Met him at the Sunset Hyatt in the 90’s. He was in full makeup/bathrobe outside his door and was really friendly to a rando at ten a.m.
I bet a lot of people have such stories: you could tell he was a “people person”
— Stephen malkmus (@dronecoma) May 9, 2020
Little Richard had quite a few great Muscle Shoals musicians in his band for a long time. Those guys were my heroes, and I felt so proud when I saw Richard in concert with my friends backing him up. The father and true king of rock and roll, if you ask me.
— Jason Isbell (@JasonIsbell) May 9, 2020
— Living Colour (@LivingColour) May 9, 2020
No @ledzeppelin just listen to the intro of “Rock and roll”sounds a bit like “Keep a Knockin”-met #LittleRichard a few times at the Hyatt on sunset, he was vibrant & talkative . He broke down huge walls and influenced many British lads- in turn that came back here to influence us https://t.co/i2nxFNEtlJ
— Charlie Benante (@skisum) May 9, 2020
Let's all let out a WOOOO! for a true rock and roll original, Little Richard. https://t.co/8vvGCw2gXo
— Sacred Reich (@SacredReich) May 9, 2020
RIP To one of the originators of Rock n Roll https://t.co/fv19pIgwYI
— Sick Of It All (@SOIANYC) May 9, 2020
Woah. RIP Little Richard. Probably the most iconoclastic rock'n'roller there ever was.
— Frank Turner (@frankturner) May 9, 2020
87 is a decent innings. Weird that he should outlive Bowie… The most hilarious autobiography I ever read. Sad day, but smiling remembering an icon. https://t.co/vIEAcTC3cx
— Lloyd Cole (@Lloyd_Cole) 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 & the Blackhearts (@joanjett) 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
— Demi Moore (@justdemi) May 9, 2020
Little Richard – It Ain't Whatcha Do, 1965.
Oh. James Marshall Hendrix left-handed on guitar.
Put some respeck on the creators. 'Do it well or not at all.' Periodt. pic.twitter.com/IULu6ABfZo
— Jeffrey Wright 🥜 (@jfreewright) May 9, 2020
THE LITTLE RICHARD FRUITTI TUTTI GODBLESSNYOU FOREVER BUBBA
— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) May 9, 2020
News of Little Richard passing is fuckin depressing. I don’t know what else to say.
— Laura Jane Grace (@LauraJaneGrace) May 9, 2020
— Kurt Loder (@kurt_loder) May 9, 2020
“Tutti Frutti” is a 65 YEAR-OLD recording and it still sounds like Little Richard is IN THE ROOM WITH YOU shaking the walls and peeling the paint. Rock ‘n’ roll came screaming into the world and Little Richard rode it like an A-bomb. #RIPLegend
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) May 9, 2020
Little Richard one of the greatest ever ! x x Rest in peace x Fashion king big influence on Ol Gregg x x pic.twitter.com/S49Zchgrm4
— noel fielding (@noelfielding11) May 9, 2020
— Carl Weathers (@TheCarlWeathers) May 9, 2020
I want to express my condolences on the passing of one of music’s greats #LittleRichard
— Billy Dee Williams (@realbdw) May 9, 2020
RIP one of the architects of rock and roll Little Richard. #riplittlerichard
— Eddie Trunk (@EddieTrunk) May 9, 2020
I met Little Richard at a Denny’s in Hollywood years ago. I held the door open for him and he stopped and chatted with me. He was very nice. Good golly. RIP
— Silversun Pickups (@SSPU) May 9, 2020
We who love rock and roll owe Little Richard SO much.
— Ira Robbins (@IARobbins) May 9, 2020
Farewell to the definition of rock and roll, Little Richard 🖤 pic.twitter.com/bOiqisjS5O
— Margo Price (@MissMargoPrice) May 9, 2020
RIP one of the greatest ever. 😞Little Richard, Rock Pioneer Who Broke Musical Barriers, Dead at 87 – Rolling Stone https://t.co/F2XyTgZhbw
— KOLLER CULT (@BenKoller) May 9, 2020
Little Richard. Hanging out, getting to rehearse, play guitar with him on Tutti Frutti might be one of my top 3 musical all time great moments. He was and will be always the king, the queen, the everything.
— Kathy Valentine (@Kathy_Valentine) May 9, 2020
Growing up in the 50's, one of the main reasons we loved Little Richard was that our parents hated him SO MUCH. His music made them crazy.They screamed for us to turn him off. It made us play his music even more. It was the beginning of a real generation gap.
— R.L. Stine (@RL_Stine) May 9, 2020