I also like the banging piano - that old good-time piano.
Now they have banging guitar and no bass and call it rock, but that's not what I call rock.
I never accepted the idea that I had to be guided by some pattern or blueprint.
It was a way out of poverty. It was a way to success. It was a way to education. And it was a way to a brighter day for me.
I'm a conductor of revivals. The only minister in the whole package. Little Richard, the evangelist.
I've never gotten money from most of those records. And I made those records: In the studio, they'd just give me a bunch of words, I'd make up a song! The rhythm and everything. 'Good Golly Miss Molly'! And I didn't get a dime for it.
But when I went on the stage to do a show, I would put on makeup because I felt that it enhanced my act; it drew attention to what I was doing.
I don't think that you have to be effeminate to be sensitive.
I would wear flamboyant clothes and long hair, and most singers at the time didn't.
People called rock & roll 'African music.' They called it 'voodoo music.' They said that it would drive the kids insane. They said that it was just a flash in the pan - the same thing that they always used to say about hip-hop.
I love God, and I'm a follower.
And I'd like to give my love to everybody, and let them know that the grass may look greener on the other side, but believe me, it's just as hard to cut.
Gay people are the sweetest, kindest, most artistic, warmest and most thoughtful people in the world. And since the beginning of time all they've ever been is kicked.
But men are so full of greed today, they'll sell anything for a little piece of money.
But I'm a rock 'n' roll singer; that's my livelihood, my occupation.
My mother died, and I couldn't stand to look at her bedroom any more. I'd get sick. I've always been a momma's boy.
God is omnipotent, He is omniscient, and He is ever present.
I try to be a guide for people, to make their darkness bright and to make the pathway light, and never to condemn or control or criticize.
Black people lived right by the railroad tracks, and the train would shake their houses at night. I would hear it as a boy, and I thought: I'm gonna make a song that sounds like that.
I think my legacy should be that when I started in show business, there wasn't no such thing as rock n' roll. When I started with 'Tutti Frutti,' that's when rock really started rocking.