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87 years old.

 

"Little" Richard Penniman cited hearing the song "Delta 88" by Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats - one of the songs debated as THE first rock and roll song - as his inspiration to take up music as a 14 year old in Georgia.

 

Dude toured with Sam Cooke, Bo Diddley, The Rolling Stones, Billy Preston, Count Basie, Fats Domino, The Isely Brothers, Muddy Waters, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Cab Calloway, James Brown, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley...he even gave Jimi Hendrix one of his first paid musical gigs as lead guitar player in his band.

 

Absolute legend.

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I saw an interview with him once where he said that he was the King of Rock & Roll, not Elvis Presley. He said he was there doing it before Elvis.

 

In a lot of ways the first half of Elvis' career was just using a guitar to do a slightly bluesier version of what Little Richard was already doing.

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