We honor the life and legacy of the late Little Richard, who passed away Saturday, May 9, with this flashback video of Roberta Flack inducting Little Richard during the inaugural Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in 1986.
Flack took to the stage after Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun introduced her as "a young schoolteacher in Washington, who has since then, been a very important in my life." The soul singer then began her own tribute to the rock king.
"I know Richard Penniman, 'Little Richard,' and I want to say, as a musician, we all do our best to make music," she began. "Some of us try a little harder. We want to make a contribution and Little Richard has done that successfully. He not only has made an important contribution to our musical culture and our history, but he has made a big difference."
"Good music lasts forever and ever and Little Richard's music has made such a strong impression on all of us... Could you picture me singing 'Tutti Frutti?'," she joked as she continued. "Little Richard's art is honest and true and as such, it cannot be denied. Richard Penniman, a courageous, daredevil, determined, secure performer is very special to me. He is very special to all of us."
Little Richard was unable to attend the ceremony, however, due to a recent car accident he was still recovering from. After a brief recorded message by the man himself, his brother-in-law, Marvin Blackmon, came forth to accept the award and thank everyone on his brother's behalf.
With the pioneer's passing at the age of 87, there remains two living members of the very first Rock Hall class - Jerry Lee Lewis, who is 84, and The Everly Brothers' Don Everly, who is 83.