Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan, Demi Moore & More Stars Pay Tribute To Little Richard Following His Death At Age 87

The late music legend is remembered by many big names who looked up to him as an idol -- and some who hired him as a wedding officiant.

Little Richard performs during the halftime show of the game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Boise State Broncos in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl on December 31, 2004 at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tennessee. Louisville defeated Boise State 44-40.
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The late music legend is remembered by many big names who looked up to him as an idol -- and some who hired him as a wedding officiant.

The music world is paying tribute to Little Richard. Following the death of the rock ‘n’ roll pioneer at age 87, famous friends took to social media to remember his influence in the music industry and call him an inspiration.

Rolling Stones frontman, Mick Jagger paid tribute to Little Richard on Twitter more than 55 years after the two first toured together. Jagger wrote that Little Richard was “the biggest inspiration” of his early teens and that his music is timeless. The “Gimme Shelter” singer added that he learned his stage moves from Little Richard.

“When we were on tour with him I would watch his moves every night and learn from him how to entertain and involve the audience and he was always so generous with advice to me,” Jagger wrote on Twitter. “He contributed so much to popular music. I will miss you, Richard, God bless.”

Bob Dylan, who grew up playing Little Richard songs on the piano when he was a kid, revealed that the “Good Golly, Miss Molly” singer was his idol and inspired him in his own career.

“I just heard the news about Little Richard and I’m so grieved,” Dylan tweeted. “He was my shining star and guiding light back when I was only a little boy. His was the original spirit that moved me to do everything I would do.”

Dylan added that he was lucky enough to play some shows in Europe with Little Richard in the 1990s and that they would hang out in his dressing room a lot. While he described his idol as “generous, kind and humble,” and added that he was always in awe in Little Richard’s iconic presence.

Many musicians also posted photos with Little Richard as they paid tribute to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend. Ringo Starr shared a snap with Little Richard smiling with the Beatles, calling it “a night to remember.” Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards also posted a pic with Little Richard as he described him as “the true spirit” of rock ‘n’ roll.

Kiss singer Paul Stanley and “Godmother of Soul” Patti LaBelle also shared photos with their late friend as they remembered his iconic career.

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page wrote that Little Richard’s songs “pioneered” rock music, while E Street Band member Stevie Van Zandt noted that his 1982 wedding to his wife Maureen Santoro was the first ceremony that Little Richard, a sometime preacher, officiated.

Actress Demi Moore also shared a photo of Little Richard officiating her 1987 wedding to Bruce Wills.

Whitesnake singer David Coverdale also described Little Richard as a major career influence.

“RIP…HUGE influence & inspiration on how I started projecting my voice,” Coverdale tweeted of Little Richard. “HUGE…Still astonishes me when I hear him sing.”

Foo Fighters described the “Tutti Frutti” singer as a “rebellious innovator,” while Iggy Pop thanked him for his influence.

And filmmaker Spike Lee described Little Richard as one of the “true creators” of rock ‘n’ roll. He also recalled a 1991 commercial he directed with the music icon and basketball great Michael Jordan.