Listen to John Lennon’s tribute to Little Richard on ‘Send Me Some Lovin’
Given the tragic news that the great Little Richard has passed away, we’re digging the Far Out Magazine archives to find some of our greatest memories.
After already reliving Richard’s masterful 1957 rendition of ‘Lucille’, we’re stepping back to 1975 to remember when The Beatles co-founder John Lennon recorded his very own tribute to the great man himself.
Richard, the iconic and famed American singer, songwriter, and rock musician, has died at the age of 87. The musician’s son, Danny Penniman, confirmed Richard’s death in a statement issued to Rolling Stone. The cause of his death, however, remains unknown at this time.
Richard, a major influential figure in the development of popular music and a figure who pioneered the culture of rock music for seven decades, started life in the music industry in the mid-1950s and didn’t look back. Forging a career like no other, Richard became as well known for his charismatic, flamboyant showmanship while performing his dynamic and often frenetic music. Heavily credited as being a major player in setting the solid foundations for the genre of rock music, Richard is regarded as one of the greatest songwriters of all time.
Lennon, who was always heavily influenced by the brilliance of Richard, once commented that when he first heard the song ‘Long Tall Sally’ in 1956 he was so impressed that he “couldn’t speak”. So, when the former Beatle was putting the finishing touches of his sixth studio Rock ‘n’ Roll, he couldn’t forget one of the founding fathers of the genre.
Richard, who first recorded ‘Send Me Some Lovin” during a hectic session in 1956 at J&M Music Shop in New Orleans, was typically backed by his band which was made up of saxophone player Lee Allen (tenor saxophone), Alvin “Red” Tyler on baritone sax, guitarist Roy Montrell, bass player Frank Fields, and drummer Earl Palmer.
After a rolling jam session of his own years later, Lennon and his own group of studio musicians managed to put their own spin on the track. Below, you can hear that very jam session along with the final recording of the track.