Interview: Little Richard - JazzWax

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August 10, 2010


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Han Schulte

A beautiful (pre Max Roach) Abbey Lincoln in the trailer for the film "The Girl Can't Help It".

Jan Stevens

GREAT Little Richard interview.

Ed Leimbacher

Oooohh, Mist' Marc, you're doin' somethin' no one can... no one else, that is--making us consider and reconsider all kinds of music in the light of Jazz. And Richard copied Esquerita rather than the reverse? Well alright--keep shinin' that light!

Mr. Penniman has a special spot in my heart and soul; I was living in Montgomery in 1955 and was totally rocked (Jazzed?) to hear him blasting from the radio. Loved the big hits, and his Specialty album was the third LP I ever bought (Elvis, then Fats, then Richard), but the songs that truly floored me were "Miss Ann," "Jenny Jenny," "She's Got It," "Keep a-Knockin'," and "The Girl Can't Help It." ("...'cause she was born to please." Ooh! my soul!)

Rab Hines

Excellent, excellent, excellent - thank you Marc for spotlighting a major musician who has far more facets to his style than would appear at first glance.

And despite much of the great poetry that Rock brought forth, how many lines are as arresting and fraught with meaning as 'A Wop-Boppa Loo-Bop a Wop-Bam Boom'?

The few times I saw him remain vivid in my mind; thanks for putting him front and center once again.

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