RIP and Thanks, Little Richard
From Paul McCartney to Elton John to Prince to anyone who's ever let loose a "WOOOO!!" while rocking out to one of his songs, those of us for whom rock 'n' roll will never die owe Little Richard a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid.
Like many of the great rock 'n' roll pioneers, Richard Wayne Penniman didn't live the easiest of lives. But he turned the pain and joy and exuberance of that life into a sound that will live forever. His music will be enjoyed and studied by generations to come as a trendsetter that permanently changed the course of popular music, teen culture, and society itself.
Rest in peace, my man, and thanks for all the great tunes.