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50 Years of Little Richard

Sarfraz Manzoor interviews the influential rock and roll musician Little Richard about his life and career.

Performing since the 1950s, Little Richard has been hailed by many for the role he played in the development of rock and roll; indeed, he himself claims that his song Tutti Frutti was 'the beginning of rock and roll'. He also describes the racial prejudice that he experienced and the deeply held faith that led to his becoming an evangelical minister.

The programme features some of his greatest hits and lesser-known gospel songs, as well as contributions from his long-term friend Lee Angel, biographer Charles White and Sir Jimmy Savile.

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30 minutes

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Sat 15 Nov 2008 15:30