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WYEP remembers Little Richard

On May 9, Little Richard, one of rock and roll’s earliest hitmakers, died at age 87.

He was nicknamed “The Architect of Rock and Roll,” as his songs in the late 1950s changed not only the way music sounded, but how it looked. With his flamboyant stage persona and wardrobe and his exhilarating performances , Little Richard’s impact on music is still being felt today.

In our one-hour tribute to the legend, Brian Siewiorek surveys Little Richard’s career in music spanning 60 years of his recordings.

Director of Creative Services and host of The Grooves Brian Siewiorek came to WYEP in 2004 from WCBU in Peoria, Illinois, where he worked as a journalist, hosting All Things Considered and managing operations. His award-winning career has included stints in rural Alaska as well as WKSU at Kent State in Ohio.