American Masters

The king and queen of rock 'n' roll—and Sunset Boulevard

Clip: 06/02/2023 | 1m 33s  | Video has closed captioning.

By 1985, Little Richard had abandoned rock 'n' roll, the music genre that he helped pioneer in the 1950s, and was living in a hotel in Los Angeles. "He would embrace people and they would ask him to sign autographs ... He would just wanna ride," said Ron Jones, his bandmate and friend.

Aired: 06/02/23

Rating: NR

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