“Forgotten Hollywood”- Great Gosh Almighty…

Posted on May 9, 2020 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

“`Little Richard was the self-proclaimed architect of rock ‘n’ roll whose piercing wail, pounding piano, and mascara-lined eyes, pencil-thin mustache and glittery suits altered popular music while introducing black R&B to white America. He was one of rock ‘n’ roll’s founding fathers who helped shatter the color line on the music charts, joining Chuck Berry and Fats Domino in bringing race music into the mainstream.

“`Richard Penniman was born in Macon, Georgia, during the Great Depression; one of twelve children. He was ostracized because he was effeminate. The family was religious and he sang in local churches with a group called the Tiny Tots. The tug-of-war between his religious upbringing and rock ‘n’ roll excess would torment Penniman throughout his tumultuous career. It also defined the man.         LITTLE RICHARD –>

“`In 1955, Little Richard recorded Tutti Frutti, with lyrics that were sanitized by a New Orleans songwriter. It went on to sell a million records over the next year. When his hit was banned by a number of white-owned radio stations, performers like Pat Boone and Elvis Presley did cover versions that topped the charts. A string of hits followed, and they provided the foundation of rock music: Lucille, Keep A Knockin, Long Tall Sally, and Good Golly Miss Molly.

“`Richard traveled to Hollywood and made an appearance in Don’t Knock the Rock. In 1986, he co-starred in Down and Out in Beverly Hills. His song from the movie soundtrack, Great Gosh A’Mighty, placed him back onto the charts; his first time in fifteen years. Later that year, Little Richard was inducted as a charter member into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

“`Macon, Georgia, named a street after its favorite son. And he influenced the greats of rock music, including Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Otis Redding, David Bowie, Prince, and Bruce Springsteen.

“`Little Richard was eighty-seven.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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