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RIP Little Richard

NASHVILLE–Richard Penniman, better known as Little Richard, who combined the sacred shouts of the black church and the profane sounds of the blues to create some of the world’s first and most influential rock ’n’ roll records, died here May 9. He was 87.

MSTies will fondly remember his cameo, as himself, in episode 204- CATALINA CAPER.

Rolling Stone has a nice retrospective.

11 Replies to “RIP Little Richard”

  1. Yeti of Great Danger
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    RIP, condolences to family & friends. I am definitely watching “Catalina Caper” tonight, and toasting both Little Richard and Lyle Waggoner.

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  2. There is a strange rock documentary, Let the Good Times Roll (1973) that is apparently a record of highlights from a series of oldies concerts that were promoted in large part to get material for this movie. It is FABULOUSLY unobtainable. There is one torrent available on Da Pyrate, and Videobeat has a bootleg; both are rips from a Turner broadcast from ten years ago.
    If you somehow score a copy, you will see a live performance by Little Richard that you will simply not believe is possible: Freddie Mercury meets Iggy Pop. It makes his appearance in Catalina Caper all the sadder; that came during the period in his career when he was trying to get his career back on track.

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  3. goalieboy82
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    Prince I hope you are watching, oh wait…

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  4. Terry the Sensitive Knight
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    RIP definitely the best part of Catalina Caper (sorry, Lawrence)

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  5. goalieboy82
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    NSFW (language)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfYmdn2-cUA
    as done by Mike in Rifftrax

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  6. Bob
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    RIP. Definitely going to watch Catalina Caper tonight.

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  7. DarkGrandmaofDeath
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    Little Richard died…at the age of 87? Neither of those facts can possibly be true! I can’t think of him as anything but young and wildly energetic (even when he was not quite so energetic – or aware of where he was – in his Catalina Caper performance). I just watched Catalina Caper a few days ago, so I think I’ll watch him perform Lucille, Tutti Frutti, and Whole Lotta Shakin’ along with whatever else strikes my fancy tonight.

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  8. 346436 .
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    His song Rip It Up was also heard City Limits

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  9. The Original EricJ
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    Little also sang the theme to the 1958 Jayne Mansfield comedy “The Girl Can’t Help It”–Which may LOOK corny-50’s to the uninitiated, but in fact holds a wealth of rare 50’s-rock performances, which producers hoped would bring in Those Young Kids at the time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqz6Y9aHGIQ
    This is 50’s Richard at his prime, and to his credit, he does NOT look hopped up on goofballs.

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  10. IR5
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    346436 .:
    His song Rip It Up was also heard City Limits

    One of my favorites!

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