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Thread #167819   Message #4051578
Posted By: Tony Rees
10-May-20 - 05:55 AM
Thread Name: Obit: ‘Little’ Richard Penniman (1932-2020)
Subject: RE: Obit: ‘Little’ Richard Penniman (1932-2020)
Apparently Richard was heavily influenced by a near contemporary Eskew Reeder (S.Q. Reeder), aka "Esquerita", who never made the big time in contrast to Richard's huge career. Apparently Reeder's act/music was so dynamic and/or plain weird as to make Richard's look tame by comparison. He died in obscurity, of AIDS, in 1986. Interesting, and thought provoking about the ways of the universe, and how destinies can diverge... more info here (and you can find audio tracks on youtube too):

https://www.oxfordamerican.org/magazine/item/1857-esquerita-and-the-voola