Little Richard Grants Rare Interview to Honor the Late Fats Domino

Legendary rocker talks about growing up a Fats fan and his favorite numbers from his friend.

October 29, 2017 9:00 am

As you may well have learned yesterday, early rock-and-roll great Fats Domino died at the age of 89. The pianist, who scored a string of hits in the 1950s, including “Blueberry Hill,” and sold 65 million records, was highly influential and truly a game-changer, given that he was one of the most prominent African-American artists to have ever recorded music.

A contemporary of Fats Domino’s and an equally influential rock legend, 84-year-old Little Richard—who is a veritable recluse these days—granted Rolling Stone‘s Andy Greene a rare interview to talk about his friend. Below, are the best snippets from the five-minute interview.

-Said Little Richard about catching his friend live back in the old days: “When I was a boy in Macon, Georgia, Fats used to come here. …I didn’t have the money to go see him, so I used to try and sneak in because I loved him. I loved his piano playing. I love his music, period.”

-Talking about his friend’s piano-playing style: “Well, he was just a little, short guy with little, biddy hands, and he could make a piano talk.”

-Among Little Richards’ favorite songs from Fats’ catalog are “Blueberry Hill,” “Goin’ Home,” and “The Fat Man.”

-Little Richards’ favorite memory of his friend was: “Whenever he saw me he’d go, ‘Open the door, Richard. Open the door, Richard.’ I’d say, ‘Fats, the door is already open. Come on in.’”

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