Fri, 30 Nov 2012 22:33:18 GMT | By Francis Whittaker
Little Richard turns 80: His life in pictures

Return to secular music

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Richard struggled to adapt to his ideal of a disciplined Christian life and, despite rock 'n' roll sales having slumped in the US, he decided to make a comeback to secular music and went to Europe, where his records were still selling well, in 1962. 

From April to May of 1962, Little Richard shared a residency in Hamburg's Star Club with a little-known English band called The Beatles. He spent much of his time advising them on the proper technique to perform his songs, and even taught Paul McCartney his famous 'woo' holler. The Beatles famously recorded a cover of his hit 'Long Tall Sally'

The two acts went on to tour England together with The Beatles as the opening act, and the following year he would tour England and Wales with Bo Diddley, The Everly Brothers and a then-obscure London band called The Rolling Stones. Then, in 1964, he hired a young guitarist named Jimi Hendrix as part of his backing band.