Leave it to me to quote a mass murderer’s meditations on the true architect of rock 'n' roll, but I recall an interview with Richard Speck where the killer of 7 student nurses said, "If Little Richard was white no one would ever call Elvis 'the King' of anything."
Ba-lop-bam-boom, shut up, Speck!
Richard Penniman turns 80 today and all I can say is, “WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!”
Happy birthday, mesmerizer of every mother’s son. Let’s celebrate with a treasured moment from the architect of rock movies, Frank Tashlin’s The Girl Can’t Help It,” or as LR would say, The Girl Can’t Heppa*.
Tashlin, a former Looney Tunes animator, was the first director to bottle the raw energy and cartoonish potential of rock ‘n’ roll. It helped that he found Jayne Mansfield, a female foil with a pneumatic physique that rivaled Richard’s pompadour.
Here is Jayne as she makes her way to the powder room backed by the pounding beat of She’s Got It. So does he.
And while you're at it, here's the only Jewish dish washer in the kitchen of the Greyhound bus station ripping it up in Let the Good Times Roll.