Little Richard Talks About His Experience In Discovering The Beatles
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He Also Discusses Other Rock Acts He Inspired and Influenced
Little Richard influenced countless musicians not just with his music but with his energetic performances and flamboyant persona on stage. One of those rock acts he inspired were The Beatles. The first show they opened for was Little Richard’s.
The members were huge fans of his – the first song Paul McCartney performed in public was “Long Tall Sally”, and when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, George Harrison said that “Little Richard there, if it wasn’t for (gesturing to Little Richard), it was all his fault, really.” John Lennon was also in awe of Richard’s talent.
On December 30, 1970, The Dick Cavett Show aired their interview with Little Richard. And the legendary rocker talked about the artists whom he helped put on the map and yes, that included The Beatles.
He told Cavett, “See, I gave The Beatles their start in 1962. I went to Europe…”
Check out the rest of the hilarious and fun interview below.
Following Little Richard’s death on May 9, 2020, McCartney took to Twitter to pay tribute to the rock icon. McCartney wrote, “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’. I had to admit he was right.”