Paul McCartney "owes a lot of what I do" to Little Richard

music news 13/05/2020

Paul McCartney says he learned “everything he knows” from Little Richard in a tribute to the rock 'n' roll legend he wrote this week. 

Little Richard, who shared the music scene with the Beatles in their early career, died of cancer last Saturday at the age of 87.

“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,” Sir Paul wrote

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.

The young Beatles shared the stage with Little Richard at a show during one of their long residencies at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany.

“In the early days of the Beatles we played with Richard in Hamburg and got to know him,” he wrote.

He would let us hang out in his dressing room and we were witness to his pre-show rituals, with his head under a towel over a bowl of steaming hot water, he would suddenly lift his head up to the mirror and say, ‘I can’t help it cos I’m so beautiful.’ And he was.

The Beatles covered Little Richard classics like “Long Tall Sally,” “Lucille” and “Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!”, and paid tribute to the singer in 1965 with the Beatles homage “I’m Down.”

“A great man with a lovely sense of humor and someone who will be missed by the rock and roll community and many more. I thank him for all he taught me and the kindness he showed by letting me be his friend. Goodbye Richard and a-wop-bop-a-loo-bop,” Sir Paul finished.