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The Actor's Choice Recommendation for the Week..."Little Richard: I Am Everything" which premieres on CNN tonight at 6:00 PM PT/9:00 PM ET. Then the encore presentation is at 9:00 PM PT/Midnight ET. The flamboyant icon blazed a trail for Rock and Roll, hence the label of "The Architect of Rock and Roll".
Little Richard exploded onto the 50's music scene with his thunderous piano playing and electrifying stage presence, setting the tone for the future of rock and roll. His unrestrained performances and visceral rhythms were unlike anything audiences had ever seen.
In 1951, as a teenager with gospel training and church-sponsored piano lessons behind him — not to mention the wealth of experience that comes from being thrown out of your own family’s home at age thirteen — Little Richard won an RCA contract at an audition sponsored by Atlanta radio station WGST. From RCA, he moved to Houston in 1952 and joined Don Robey’s Peacock label, and the rest as they say is history.
The greats who have left us ...The Legendary Tina Turner, Icon Harry Belafonte, Actor Austin Stoker, best known for Assault on Precint 13 and Battle for the Planet of the Apes, starred as Lt. Uhura on Star Trek, actress Nichelle Nichols, basketball legend Bill Russell and actor Roger E. Mosley. May they rest in eternal heavenly peace!
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