Mick Jagger pays tribute to his “biggest inspiration” Little Richard
Rolling Stones duo Mick Jagger and Keith Richard’s have remembered Little Richard shortly after the news was confirmed that the iconic figure of rock music had passed away.
Richard, the pioneering and famed American singer, songwriter, and rock musician, 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.
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.
“I’m so saddened to hear about the passing of Little Richard,” Mick Jagger wrote in a statement posted to social media. “He was the biggest inspiration of my early teens and his music still has the same raw electric energy when you play it now as it did when it first shot through the music scene in the mid 50’s.”
Jagger continued: “When we were on tour with him I would watch his moves every night and learn from him how to entertain and involve the audience and he was always so generous with advice to me. He contributed so much to popular music I will miss you Richard, God bless.”
Jagger’s bandmate, Keith Richards, added: “So sad to hear that my old friend Little Richard has passed. There will never be another. He was the true spirit of Rock ’n Roll.”