This combination photo shows filmmaker Ava DuVernay and late musician Little Richard. TNS
Tributes have been pouring in from all quarters following the demise of rock and roll pioneer Little Richard.
Among the many paying their respects to the trailblazer was filmmaker Ava DuVernay, who revealed how the flamboyant musician used to leave her a generous tip while she was working as a waitress in Los Angeles.
The director, who studied for a double major in English Literature and African-American Studies at the University of California, shared the memory on Twitter after news broke that Little Richard had died aged 87.
“I served soul food brunch to Little Richard every Sunday for a year while waitressing at Aunt Kizzy's Back Porch in LA,” DuVernay tweeted.
“I was a college student. He tipped me a crisp $100 (Dhs367) bill each week on a $75 (Dhs275) breakfast with friends. This was 30 years ago. Helped me so much. God rest his soul.”
Little Richard, who became a star in the 50s thanks to hits such as “Tutti Frutti” and “Long Tall Sally,” was hailed as a founding father of rock and roll, and influenced a generation of artists that includes The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and David Bowie.
Among those to pay tribute were Elvis Costello, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Bob Dylan.
Dylan paid a poignant tribute on Twitter that called Richard his “shining star and guiding light.”
“His was the original spirit that moved me to do everything I would do,” he wrote.
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