About Little Richard:
Richard Wayne Penniman is an American recording artist, songwriter and musician.
But I'm a rock 'n' roll singer; that's my livelihood, my occupation.
Greed has taken the whole universe, and nobody is worried about their soul.
I did what I felt, and I felt what I did, at all costs.
I don't give the devil credit for creating nothing.
I never accepted the idea that I had to be guided by some pattern or blueprint.
I think that a man should be caring.
I don't think that you have to be effeminate to be sensitive.
I try to be a guide for people, to make their darkness bright and to make the pathway light, and never to condemn or control or criticize.
I'm very much a gentleman in what I do.
Now they have banging guitar and no bass and call it rock, but that's not what I call rock.
Black people lived right by the railroad tracks, and the train would shake their houses at night. I would hear it as a boy, and I thought: I'm gonna make a song that sounds like that.
I always knew I was a man, always felt that I was a man, always wanted to be a man.
Some situations you cause yourself.
It's hard to have a friend when your name's a household word.
A lot of people call me the architect of rock & roll. I don't call myself that, but I believe it's true.
I'm a conductor of revivals. The only minister in the whole package. Little Richard, the evangelist.
I am the architect of rock n' roll. I have to be a fan of all its forms.
And I don't get down on nobody else for doing whatever else they do. To each his own.
But when I went on the stage to do a show, I would put on makeup because I felt that it enhanced my act; it drew attention to what I was doing.
I never heard nobody in my audience call me any kind of names.