Elton John Pays Tribute To His 'Biggest Influence' Little Richard

By Katrina Nattress

May 9, 2020

On Saturday (May 9), Little Richard passed away at the age of 87. The "Tutti Frutti" singer and pianist was a pioneer in rock 'n' roll, and greatly influenced some of the largest stars in the world, including Elton John. After news of his death broke, John took to Instagram to pay tribute to his "biggest influence."

"Without a doubt - musically, vocally and visually - he was my biggest influence," John wrote alongside a black and white photo of Little Richard. "Seeing him live in my teens was the most exciting event in my life at that point. Goosebumps, electricity and joy came from every pore. His records still sound fresh and the opening few seconds of 'Tutti Frutti' are the most explosive in music history."

"I was lucky enough to work with him for my 'Duets' album in 1993," he continued. "He was shy and funny and I was SO nervous. The track we recorded 'The Power' is a favourite in my catalogue. We also played live at the Beverly Hilton and I felt like I’d died and gone to heaven. He influenced so many and is irreplaceable. A true legend, icon and a force of nature. #RIP Little Richard"

See John's post below.

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Without a doubt - musically, vocally and visually - he was my biggest influence. Seeing him live in my teens was the most exciting event in my life at that point. Goosebumps, electricity and joy came from every pore. His records still sound fresh and the opening few seconds of “Tutti Frutti” are the most explosive in music history. I was lucky enough to work with him for my “Duets” album in 1993. He was shy and funny and I was SO nervous. The track we recorded “The Power” is a favourite in my catalogue. We also played live at the Beverly Hilton and I felt like I’d died and gone to heaven. He influenced so many and is irreplaceable. A true legend, icon and a force of nature. #RIP Little Richard Love, Elton x #LittleRichard

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