Post by South-Punk Admin on May 9, 2020 14:34:42 GMT
Southend Punk was sad to hear of the passing of the legendary Little Richard (born Richard Wayne Penniman December 5th 1932 – May 9th 2020). He was one of the key pioneering fathers of blistering Rock'n'Roll, and is best known for key songs such as Tutti Frutti, Long Tall Sally, Rip It Up, Lucille & Good Golly Miss Molly.
Indeed, way up there as one of the greats and, well worth reading is the Charlie White book, "The Life and Times of Little Richard:The Quasar of Rock." And, delving into the excellent "American Rock 'n' Roll The UK Tours 1956-72" by Ian Wallis you find that Southend missed out on The Georgia Peach ("The best looking man in showbiz" by his own admission) not once, but twice. 3rd October 1963 a package tour with The Everley Brothers, Bo Diddley and a load more including The Rolling Stones were due at The Odeon, this was the near start of the tour, tickest sales were a bit slow so Little Richard was added to the bill but couldn't make it until Watford, on the 5th. Then 17th Novenber Little Richard, The Shirelles and Duane Eddy were due to finish their tour at The Odeon again but Little Richard injured his ankle and pulled out of the show at Kingston upon Thames were Gene Vinent took his place, the last few dates had Jimmy Justice as the repacement. Not quite the same.