Flashback: Little Richard and Tanya Tucker Spice Up the CMAs

June 3, 2015

For generations of aspiring musicians from the Deep South, country music and R&B are inextricably linked. That was part of the inspiration for a unique blending of performers from both genres for a duets album and corresponding PBS TV special in March...



Watch a '90s Alt-Rock Vocal Hook Supercut

May 6, 2014

As the Nineties nostalgia train rolls on in a super fuzzed haze of flannel shirts, shaggy hair and guitars blasted through Big Muff pedals, the fine folks over at CBC Music have compiled a supercut of one of alternative nation's trademark musical tics:...



Little Richard Survives Heart Attack

September 30, 2013

Last night in Atlanta, Little Richard joined Cee Lo Green onstage for a Recording Academy fundraiser, where the topics ranged from MC Hammer to the Ten Commandments and pancake makeup. The two also talked about a recent health scare. "The other night,...



Little Richard Tears Through Raucous Set in Washington, D.C.

June 17, 2012

Sitting on a golden throne at his piano last night at Washington, D.C.’s Howard Theatre, Little Richard began his set by telling the crowd he was in pain. "I got sick and I had surgery," he said. "And the hip broke inside of me. And you know they’ve...



Week in Rock History: Little Richard Finds God and Nancy Spungen Dies

October 10, 2011

This week in rock history, Little Richard renounced rock & roll, the Faces performed in concert for the last time, Sid Vicious’s girlfriend Nancy Spungen died, Madonna gave birth to her first child and Eric Clapton opened his rehab center. October...


Album Review

The Very Best Of Little Richard

July 28, 2008

In a quietly hysterical era as defined by fear as the one we're living in today, it took an unrepentantly effeminate Macon, Georgia man known as "Little Richard" to slap some sense into a McCarthy-hounded, Cold War-traumatized 1950s America. Barely controlled...


Album Review

Get Down With It: The Okeh Sessions

August 19, 2004

Recorded in Hollywood in 1966-67, this last-ditch attempt at an album career for the rock giant resulted in these fiery tracks, funked up by Johnny "Guitar" Watson's fretwork. One highlight: Richard's hair-raising vocals on the Motown staple "Money" effectively...



'Hail! Hail! Rock n' Roll' Honors Chuck Berry

November 6, 1987

"I'm flattered, I'm weak in the knees, and I'm hungry," said Chuck Berry at the premiere of Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll on what was officially Chuck Berry Day in Los Angeles. Hours earlier, Berry got misty eyed when he received a star on the...


The Rolling Stone 20th Anniversary Interview: Bob Dylan

November 5, 1987

Did you start out wanting to be a star?Not really, because I always needed a song to get by. There's a lot of singers who don't need songs to get by. A lot of 'em are tall, good-lookin', you know? They don't need to say anything to grab people. Me, I...



Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Rock's Top Ten

February 13, 1986

At last, rock & roll — the sound heard round the world for three decades — has its own hall of fame. Rock history is full of innovators, superstars and unsung heroes who transformed this primitive, propulsive devil music into a force for...


Album Review

Little Richard: Kings of Rock'n'Roll Series

November 25, 1971
Not Rated

Little Richard is perfect for the late night TV freak circuit: he's funny, loud, outrageous, superficial even on important issues and willing to talk when he has absolutely nothing to say. Sometimes he'll even sing, but that's not necessary because, just...



Little Richard: Child of God

May 28, 1970

I didn't get to see Little Richard at the Atlantic City Pop Festival where he followed Janis Joplin and revived his own legend, but when he appeared in Central Park skating rink during the summer, he really tore it up. His effect was magnetic. You couldn't...


Little Richard: Child of God

May 28, 1970

Below is an excerpt of an article that originally appeared in RS 59 from May 28, 1970 . This issue and the rest of the Rolling Stone archives are available via Rolling Stone Plus, Rolling Stone's premium subscription plan. If you are already a subscriber,...


Album Review

Greatest Hits [Onyx]

July 26, 1969
Not Rated

A drum roll, a pause, and then the eight or nine piece band breaks into a funky R&B progression. "Good evenin' Ladies and Gen'lmen," yells a gravel-voiced black MC. "Welcome to the Okeh Club. We're featuring here tonight — the king of rock and...