Little Richard, one of the founding fathers of rock "n" roll and whose flamboyance and fire were just as much his calling cards as his pompadour, eyeliner and piano pounding, died Saturday at his brother's home in Nashville.
Following the death of the King of Rock & Roll, numerous artists who Little Richard inspired - including the Rolling Stones, Elton John, John Fogerty and more - paid tribute to the music icon.
"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", McCartney wrote. Following his death, many in the entertainment world paid tribute to the man who made the term "a wop bob alu bob a wop bam boom" famous.
Musicians, actors and artists across a range of genres are paying tribute to Little Richard. Artists including The Beatles and Elton John have cited Little Richard as a major influence on their musical style.
Stars have paid tribute to Little Richard
Bette Midler noted the singer's influence on American musicians.
"With his exuberance, his creativity, and his refusal to be anything other than himself, Little Richard laid the foundation for generations of artists to follow". However, after a hip replacement surgery in 2009, he announced his retirement from performing in 2013. He had roles and cameos on films like Down And Out In Beverly Hills and The Naked Truth as well as TV shows like "Full House", "Baywatch" and "The Simpsons" between the '80s and 2000s.
"In the early days of The Beatles, we played with Richard in Hamburg and got to know him".
While Queen drummer Roger Taylor said: "The original king of real rock "n" roll has left us".
In addition to being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame as part of the institution's inaugural class in 1986, Little Richard is also an inductee of the Songwriters Hall Of Fame. In his presence he was always the same Little Richard that I first heard and was awed by growing up and I always was the same little boy.