5 Things You Didn't Know About Little Richard

December 5, 2016

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Happy 84th birthday to Little Richard, one of the architects of rock and roll.

I've had the privilege of seeing Little Richard live three times, and he puts on an amazing show!!

Here are some things you may not have known about the flamboyant singer, songwriter, and piano player.

1. Before he was a well known guitar god, Jimi Hendrix was a member of one of Little Richard's touring bands. The two reportedly clashed over many things, and Richards says he was fired for trying to upstage him.

2. Little Richard was an ordained minister, and presided at the wedding of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore.

3. His songs have been covered by everyone from the Beatles to the California Raisins.

4. Little Richard was the third in a family of 12 children.

5. Little Richard and James Brown were best friends and knew each other since they were teenagers. The 2 superstars even played as a team on Wheel of Fortune (against Weird Al and of all people, Lee Greenwood.)