Musical and divine inspiration came from church, where he developed that "thing" - a way of taking a song, and playing it like God was in the audience. It's what you hear on "Tutti Frutti," "Long Tall Sally," and "Lucille." It's what made David Bowie and Paul McCartney and so many others hear what was possible in this new thing called Rock and Roll.
In 1957, Richard put it all on hold to study theology at Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama, returning to music because that was the best way to teach love to all people, and to show that separatism was not the only option.
Born in 1932, Little Richard is one of our last remaining rock legends. In 2012, 55 years after it was first released, his seminal album Here's Little Richard was issued with bonus tracks and videos of some early screen tests. See how well you know this enigmatic innovator in the Little Richard edition of Fact or Fiction.
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