Identified for hits admire “Tutti Frutti” and “Perfect Golly Miss Molly,” the charismatic superstar is remembered by music enthusiasts across the sphere.


Rock story Steven Van Zandt is paying tribute to rock and roll pioneer Minute Richard, who died Saturday at age 87.

The E Dual carriageway Band member and singer-songwriter remembered the slack “Tutti Frutti” singer in an outlandish assertion to the  USA TODAY Network, sharing what Richard Penniman intended to him as an artist and how he remodeled the genre.

Read his letter in full under:

Minute Richard has for all time been the largest of all the Pioneers of Rock and Roll. 

They all brought something significant that will possibly possibly make contributions to the final DNA of what has proven to be one in all the immense enduring art kinds.  

Chuck Berry was once the storyteller, he (and later Bob Dylan) would bring the lyrics; Bo Diddley equipped the rhythm of pure intercourse into the combine; Jerry Lee Lewis’ wild abandon exorcised his spiritual demons; Buddy Holly let the nerds in; the Everlys would present that brotherly hatred could well possibly perform doubtlessly the most elegant team spirit; and Elvis Presley would popularize it to the sphere. 

Richard summarized all of it. What he brought was once the very essence of what makes rock completely different than all completely different art kinds. He opened his mouth and out came liberation. He simply embodied the spirit and soul of Rock and Roll. 

His astounding records blended along with his flamboyant androgyny would elaborate the fearlessness of the art plan and impression all that came after, at the side of Elvis, the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix (his dilapidated guitar participant), Bob Dylan, and Prince. 

While completely different Pioneers can even just were exaggerations of their beget eccentricities, they were more or much less themselves. 

Minute Richard was once the final note person that fully reinvented himself. He made reimagining oneself larger than correct acceptable on this new freedom loving no longer-yet-art plan, he made transformation an major part in attaining one’s likely. 

He made it that it is likely you’ll possibly possibly possibly also take into consideration for a frightened Jewish small one from a midwestern mining city named Robert Allen Zimmerman to think regarding the very unlikely dream of changing into Bob Dylan the sphere’s main iconic warrior poet. 

For a frightened pupil of economics named Michael to turn into Mick Jagger, the sphere’s most famed frontman. 

For an introverted too-diminutive-for-sports actions small one from a broken family to turn into the large towering artistry of Prince. 

Younger Richard Penniman confronted a upsetting 1950s American South as a homosexual gloomy man as handiest a excellent, courageous hero could well possibly-with an invented persona that was once so over the cease his enemies needed to giggle. 

He disarmed the sphere along with his allure, his perspective, and his countless abilities. 

While many gloomy artists admire Chuck Berry never stopped being bitter about being ripped off by whites, Richard seen Pat Boone as an unpaid publicist introducing his music to the teens he could well possibly now not attain till DJ Alan Freed broke down that racial barrier.    

Beget a look at Richard’s early Gospel records whenever you happen to could well possibly net them. He never stopped talking on behalf of his God. And I am hoping he’s with Him or Her now. 

However for me, Rock and Roll being my religion, my God correct left the Earth. 

I beget privileged to own had him as my namesake, friend, and mentor. 



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I beget honored he selected Maureen and I to be the main marriage he officiated. 

And I beget lucky to were on the identical planet similtaneously the Man that gave birth to the Artform that gave me a motive to are living. 

Thank you Richard. 

Minute Steven (Van Zandt)

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