Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Little Richard died Saturday. He was 87 years old. His death was announced on his official Facebook page, as well as by his son, Danny Jones Penniman, who confirmed the news first to Rolling Stone.
The wildly influential singer and pianist established rock ’n’ roll as a genre with just one rule — there are no rules. And his signature recordings, including “Long Tall Sally,” “Rip It Up,” “Lucille,” “Tutti Frutti,” and “Good Golly Miss Molly” remain embedded in the core DNA of rock ’n’ roll.
Here are some quotes to remember the legendary musician by:
Richard Quotes and Sayings
I never accepted the idea that I had to be guided by some pattern or blueprint.
And I’d like to give my love to everybody, and let them know that the grass may look greener on the other side, but believe me, it’s just as hard to cut.
I’m here to sing.
It was a way out of poverty. It was a way to success. It was a way to education. And it was a way to a brighter day for me.
I think my legacy should be that when I started in show business, there wasn’t no such thing as rock n’ roll. When I started with ‘Tutti Frutti,’ that’s when rock really started rocking.
If at first you don’t succeed, you get back up and you try … and you try … and you try it again … except ice skating, I hate this crap, I quit!
A lot of people call me the architect of rock & roll. I don’t call myself that, but I believe it’s true.
I am the innovator. I am the originator. I am the emancipator. I am the architect of rock ‘n’ roll!