RIP Little Richard – One of the most intensely GREAT rock-n-rollers of all time!

I’m sure there’ll be plenty of posts eulogizing the great Little Richard. No need for me to add much except to say that his great music extended far beyond his blockbuster hits of the 50s. He continued to make unbelievably fantastic albums for many many years- I mean great great great records. Nothing much in the way of top 40 hits, but riveting rock and R&B records better than any of his contemporaries by a long shot.

The song I’ve linked here, Rose Mary, was the B side of Get Down With It from the album of the same name, 1967, Okeh Records. (Johnny “Guitar” Watson featured in these sessions.)

RIP Richard. Your unique unmatched gifts will be honored far into the galaxy.

RIP Florian Schneider, founding visionary of the massively influential Kraftwerk

Too often over the years Kraftwerk were irresponsibly dismissed as weirdos known for the marginal boutique synth-pop known as Krautrock. But really it would be impossible to catalog the expanse of Kraftwerk’s influence on popular music. Donna Summer, David Bowie, Brian Eno, Blondie, Devo, Talking Heads, Peter Gabriel, New Order, Depeche Mode, actually the entirety of 80s New Wave, Radiohead, Tame Impala, Beck, Nine Inch Nails….ad infinitum.

Founding member Florian Schneider was responsible for creating beauty where beauty didn’t exist before. Created out of vapor in his unique visionary artistry. His physical vessel has ceased to continue, but his gift to us mere Earthlings is eternal. RIP

Kraftwerk – Autobahn – 1974