Paul McCartney has shared a poignant tribute to Little Richard saying that the rock’s founding father taught him “everything I know”.
It’s no secret that Little Richard was a large influence on The Beatles with the band frequently closing their sets with ‘Long Tall Sally‘ as a wink and a nod to their idol. Both Bob Dylan and Mick Jagger among many others have come out to pay emotional tributes to the legendary figure following his death, with Paul McCartney being the latest figure to share his fond memories of the time he spent in Little Richard’s company.
Macca wrote: “From ‘Tutti Frutti’ to ‘Long Tall Sally’ to ‘Good Golly, Miss Molly’ to ‘Lucille’, Little Richard came screaming into my life when I was a teenager. I owe a lot of what I do to Little Richard and his style, and he knew it. He would say, ‘I taught Paul everything he knows’.”
He then went on to recount some memories he shared with Richard, adding: “I had to admit he was right. In the early days of The Beatles, we played with Richard in Hamburg and got to know him. He would let us hang out in his dressing room and we were witness to his pre-show rituals, with his head under a towel over a bowl of steaming hot water he would suddenly lift his head up to the mirror and say, ‘I can’t help it cos I’m so beautiful’. And he was. A great man with a lovely sense of humour and someone who will be missed by the rock and roll community and many more.”
McCartney then finished his tribute exactly the way Little Richard would have wanted: “I thank him for all he taught me and the kindness he showed by letting me be his friend. Goodbye Richard and a-wop-bop-a-loo-bop.”