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I would wear flamboyant clothes and long hair, and most singers at the time didn’t.
– Little Richard
People called rock & roll ‘African music.’ They called it ‘voodoo music.’ They said that it would drive the kids insane. They said that it was just a flash in the pan – the same thing that they always used to say about hip-hop.
I just want the world to know that God is present, that he’s alive for ever more.
I think they saw me as something like a deliverer, a way out. My means of expression, my music, was a way in which a lot of people wished they could express themselves and couldn’t.
I don’t give the devil credit for creating nothing.
When you sit down and think about what rock ‘n’ roll music really is, then you have to change that question. Played up-tempo, you call it rock ‘n’ roll; at a regular tempo, you call it rhythm and blues.
But when I went on the stage to do a show, I would put on makeup because I felt that it enhanced my act; it drew attention to what I was doing.
I’m a conductor of revivals. The only minister in the whole package. Little Richard, the evangelist.
A lot of people call me the architect of rock & roll. I don’t call myself that, but I believe it’s true.
And I think a woman should find it a joy to be female because God made both male and female.
Rock ‘n’ roll offered me a platform to speak what I felt. It also offered me a platform to support my mama and my brothers and sisters – twelve children.
I was always my own person.
I only wore makeup when I went onstage.
And I’d like to give my love to everybody, and let them know that the grass may look greener on the other side, but believe me, it’s just as hard to cut.
I also think that what’s wrong with all of us is that we don’t show enough love toward each other.
God is omnipotent, He is omniscient, and He is ever present.
If I had my life to live over, I would want to be a man.
I love God, and I’m a follower.
Elvis may be the King of Rock and Roll, but I am the Queen.
It’s hard to have a friend when your name’s a household word.
I’m very much a gentleman in what I do.
I was really kind of shy as a child. But I would do things for attention.
I think my legacy should be that when I started in show business, there wasn’t no such thing as rock n’ roll. When I started with ‘Tutti Frutti,’ that’s when rock really started rocking.
I look back on my life, comin’ out of Macon, Georgia – I never thought I’d be a superstar, a living legend. I never heard of no rock and roll in my life.
I tried to look presentable for a show, but not for sexual attraction. It was strictly for show business.
I don’t think that you have to be effeminate to be sensitive.
To me, true rock ‘n’ roll has a lot of bottom in it.
I never heard nobody in my audience call me any kind of names.
Greed has taken the whole universe, and nobody is worried about their soul.
I let people know that it was all right to do the kinds of things I did.