Paul McCartney Remembers All The Things Little Richard Taught Him

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Little Richard photo by Adam Scull/ / Beatles: Wikipedia

Many incredible artists have said that Little Richard inspired them as a musician. After the sad news of Little Richard’s passing, many celebrities are sharing stories of how he inspired them. Paul McCartney from The Beatles said that Little Richard taught him everything he knows!

Paul shared a series of tweets after learning that his friend had passed away. He 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’.”


Paul McCartney said that Little Richard “taught him everything he knows”

Paul continued, “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…”

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Little Richard and George Harrison of The Beatles / Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images

Then admitted,”…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.”

His last tweet read, “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.’Paul McCartney” What a touching tribute! It seems The Beatles and Little Richard shared a lot of memories in their early careers.

Listen to the Beatles cover of Little Richard’s song “Long Tall Sally” below:

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