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Little Richard (1932- )

Rev. Richard Wayne Penniman (born December 5, 1932), better known by the stage name Little Richard, is an American singer, songwriter and pianist, who began performing in the 1940s and was a key figure in the transition from rhythm & blues to rock and roll in the 1950s.

from an interview on weekend online ( , 2001:

Do you eat breakfast?
I'm vegetarian. I have been for about 40 years.

Sometimes. I'll have a bowl of raisin bran. Sometimes I like oatmeal, but I don't like cream in my oatmeal. I like oatmeal with butter. And with wheat toast. I sometimes eat a vegetarian meat called Wham. Sometimes I'll have the vegetarian breakfast sausage links. Sometimes I eat a vegetarian food called Tuno. With the Tuno, I make salmon croquettes. When you fry it, it tastes just like salmon. I have grits with that sometimes.

More precisely, it would have been 44 years at the time of thhe above interview. In 1957, after a near-fatal plane accident, Richard returned to his religion - his father had been a Seventh Day Adventist minister - he was ordained a SDA minister and has oscillated between music and ministry ever since, eventually managing to combine the two. About 50% of SDAs are vegetarian.

from a biography by Rolling Stone magazine, 2001:

The apparently ageless (and vegetarian) Richard continues to tour, his spirit and passion for the music - and himself - undiminished.

from, 2005:

Rock 'n' roll legend LITTLE RICHARD is planning to "spank" PRINCE the next time the two meet after the PURPLE RAIN singer was derogatory about him in a recent interview. The GOOD GOLLY MISS MOLLY singer, real name RICHARD PENNIMAN, took exception to comments Prince made in a New York article. He says, "I'm mad with Prince because a few weeks ago he had a big write up on me in the paper in New York and I thought it was horrible. "He said that to get Little Richard to record all you had to do was give him a bucket of chicken. I thought that was horrible. I'm a vegetarian." [it turned out that Prince was referring to past times when artists could bought off cheap by record companies]


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