‘He was my shining star’: Dylan pays moving tribute to Little Richard

Bob Dylan has paid moving tribute to late rock’n’roll pioneer Little Richard, who died on Saturday 9 May aged 87. Dylan is part of a generation of artists influenced by the Georgia-born performer, along with the likes of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, David Bowie, Prince and Jimi Hendrix. The singer-songwriter issued a poignant statement via his Twitter account: “I just heard the news about Little Richard and I’m so grieved,” he wrote. His was the original spirit that moved me to do everything I would do.” He continued: “I played some shows with him in Europe in the early Nineties and got to hang out in his dressing room a lot. And still dynamite as a performer and a musician and you could still learn plenty from him.” “In his presence he was always the same Little Richard that I first heard and was awed by growing up and I always was the same little boy. But it’s like a part of your life is gone.” Dylan recently announced that he is releasing his first new album of original songs in eight years, on 19 June. “When we were on tour with him, I would watch his moves every night.” “Without a doubt – musically, vocally and visually – he was my biggest influence,” said Elton John.