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LITTLE RICHARD

Live Dates
Listed here are all known confirmed & unconfirmed dates that Jimi played with Little Richard.

This page is intended as a reference listing of all known info, some of it is only rumors and speculation, some is backed up with some actual information.

Regarding the gigs for which a newspaper ad exists, for starters we can never be sure that the band actually turned up nor do we know whether Jimi played on that particular night unless there is a review, photo or an eyewitness account. Most of the time none of these exist but one can assume that the majority of these dates were ones that Jimi did play so I'm listing all advertized dates for the period and adding notes if any participation by Jimi is unlikely.

And during this time Jimi also played with Ike & Tina Turner, we don't know if that means he didn't play certain Little Richard gigs or that he played with both bands. Jimi himself didn't clear the matter up much, for the Fillmore Auditorium gig where the line-up included both Ike And Tina Turner and Little Richard we have a photo of Jimi playing with Richard but we also have Jimi saying in an interview that he played "at the Fillmore with Ike and Tina and Little Richard". So does that mean that he actually played with both bands or just that both were on the same bill?

So there is still much to find out. If you attended one of these shows or have any information to add on any of these dates (or even a new date) please let me know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Personnel
Most of the musicians who played in the band during this period have not been identified. Various sources give different reports as to who played what when and the musicians that participated in studio sessions were very likely different to those in the live band so there is practically no reliable information. The best source is the video of the Buddy & Stacy Night Train -performance (which did not feature Little Richard but used his band) where all players can be seen, unfortunately most still remain unidentified and the line-up that appeared that night may not have been the same that played with Richard on other dates. One known constant member was Glen Willings on guitar, for the rest of the musicians more information is needed.



NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 1964
Atlanta, Georgia
Jimi joins the Little Richard tour initially working as a valet for Gorgeous George and after a while progressing to playing guitar for Little Richard.


THURSDAY 31 DECEMBER 1964?
Greenville, South Carolina
Roby & Schreiber list this location & date in "Becoming Jimi Hendrix" but no source for the information is provided. Regardless whether the date is correct Jimi probably did not yet play in Little Richard's band instead appearing with Gorgeous George. Little Richard's road manager Henry Nash recalls 4 that the band left Atlanta for Greenville and after the concert that night Jimi was allowed to participate in an after hours jam with the Upsetters.


POSSIBLY JANUARY 1965?
Harlem Duke Social Club, Prichard, Alabama

B.B.King recalls first meeting Jimi at "Tom Couch` place in Mobile" (Prichard is located next to Mobile) in a filmed interview available on YouTube. Starting at 1.30 B.B. recalls Jimi "was in the rhythm section for Little Richard". Read an article about the club here.

The date of the gig is unknown but since the tour started in Georgia on the East Coast and moved towards the West Coast finishing in Los Angeles it is likely that any gigs in Alabama took place before the known dates in Louisiana and Texas.


Friday 22 January 1965

Bamboo Club, Lake Charles, Louisiana
Billed as "Little Richard and his Royal Show", time of concert given as "From 9 p.m. `til Friday Night".
The date comes from an ad published in the 22 January 1965 issue of "Lake Charles American-Press" (Lake Charles, Louisiana). Scans of the issue are available at www.newspapers.com (registration required).


Postcard send by Jimi to Al Hendrix, stamped 25 January 1965 in Lafayette, Louisiana (Postcard depicts a Holiday Inn):
"Dearest Dad - I received your letter while I was in Atlanta. I'm playing with Little Richard now - We're going toward the West Coast. We're in Louisiana now. But my address will be Los Angeles when I write again. Jimmy" 1 Scans of the postcard were published on the Experience Hendrix Facebook-page.

Note that 25 January, the date that the card was stamped, was a Monday. Jimi may have written the card on Friday, posted it and it might have been sorted & stamped only on Monday. So, Little Richard may have had a gig in Lafayette but the entourage might also just have stopped there the night previous or after the Lake Charles appearance (Jimi doesn't specify a city in his postcard, just the state, Louisiana). The distance between Lake Charles and Lafayette, both in Louisiana, is 124 km / 77 miles.



Wednesday 27? January 1965

500 Club, Houston, Texas
Jimi jams with Albert Collins. That Jimi visited Houston with Little Richard is confirmed in a postcard that he send (see next date), Albert Collins recalled the jam and identified the location in an interview published in Guitar World November 1987, quoted in Univibes #17. I can't find any firm evidence for the existence of a 500 Club (aka Club 500) in Houston. It may have been situated on Elgin St in the Third Ward in Houston but there's so far nothing concrete to back this up, if you have any information please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Thursday 28? January 1965

unknown location, Dallas, Texas
Roby & Schreiber list this date in "Becoming Jimi Hendrix" as Soul City Club Thursday 28 January 1965". The location would however seem to be guesswork and incorrect:

The website bizpedia.com lists a registration for the company SOUL CITY CLUB INC in Dallas with "Filing Date:  04/07/1967". An ad for the Soul City -club published in the Denton Record-Chronicle (Denton, Texas) 27 August 1967 issue features the headline "Soul City Comes Alive" and seems to announce to opening of the club. And finally, an article on club owner Angus Wynne at austinnewsstory.com states: "Wynne and Calmes kept at it, and in 1967 they opened the Soul City nightclub on Greenville".

So the Soul City club in Dallas did exist but would seem to have been opened only in late 1967 so could not have been the location that Jimi played. Little Richard did appear at the club (circa) 1967 as recalled in a Dallas Observer -article by Angus Wynne:
"Angus first met Hendrix when he was a shy sideman in Little Richard's band, back when Jimi was known as Maurice James. Little Richard was a frequent booking at Angus's long-gone, far-away club Soul City -- a house-record-setter, matter of fact, Angus says. He recalls one '67 gig in particular: He was walking around backstage when Richard told him to come into his dressing room. There was a familiar face on the teevee set: Shouted Richard, "That's Maurice!" By then, Hendrix was well on his way to immortality." 40

The date 28 January date that Roby & Screiber give for the Dallas appearance is most likely a guess based on Jimi's postcard where he writes "we're now in Dallas". The card was reproduced in Univibes issue #17. There the date on the postal stamp is impossible to read in the small pic except for "JAN", unknown if it can be read on the card itself. The date is given as 28 January 1966 in in the text but the card is clearly from 1965: Jimi writes "Little Richard left Seattle not too long ago - I wished I could've been with him then But we'll make it up there again soon" implying that he is playing with Little Richard at the moment of writing the card, also the states that he mentions are the ones he toured with Little Richard in January 1965 and the tour finished in California like Jimi wrote on the card.

If we assume that the date of the stamp is indeed the 28th this gives us a possible date but not a definite one - there is no guarantee Jimi wrote the card on the date of the concert, nor is there any proof he mailed the card on the day that he wrote it or that the postal worker stamped it on the same day. So until firm evidence surfaces I'll list the Dallas appearance as having taken place at an unknown location circa 28 January 1965.


Postcard send by Jimi to Al Hendrix, stamped 28? January 1965 in Dallas, Texas (Postcard depicts the San Ann Motel in Dallas, Texas):
" Dearest Dad
Well - we just left Houston and we're now in Dallas. we'll play around here and Ft. Worth, Tulsa, Oklahoma and Louisiana for awhile, then we'll head for California - Little Richard left Seattle not too long ago - I wished I could've been with him then But we'll make it up there again soon. Tell Ben & Ernie that Houstons swinging, Jimmy" 2


LATE January? 1965

unknown location, Ft. Worth, Texas
Gig mentioned in Jimi's 28? January postcard to Al. 5


late January? 1965

unknown location, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Gig mentioned in Jimi's 28? January postcard to Al.


SUNDAY 31 January 1965?
Diamond Ballroom?, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
A gig in Oklahoma was mentioned in Jimi's 28? January postcard to Al. Roby & Schreiber list this location & date in "Becoming Jimi Hendrix" but no source for the information is provided.


POSSIBLY FEBRUARY 1965?
City Auditorium, Colorado Springs, Colorado
It's possible Hendrix played with Little Richard in Colorado Springs in 1965. The shows MC, DJ Steve Scott "remembers the bandleader being pissed that Hendrix was getting so much attention" as recalled in the article "Rock of ages The Doors and the Dead? Hendrix and the Who? What were they doing here?" written by Bill Forman and published in Colorado Springs Independent 2 April 2009.

The date of the gig is unknown but since the tour started in Georgia on the East Coast and moved towards the West Coast finishing in Los Angeles it is likely that any gigs in Colorado took place after the known dates in Texas and Oklahoma.


? February 1965
Jimi arrives in Los Angeles with Little Richard.


FRIDAY 5 FEBRUARY - SATURDAY 6 FEBRUARY 1965?
Tony Ferra's Red Velvet Club, 6507 Sunset, Hollywood, California?
Roby & Schreiber list this location & dates in "Becoming Jimi Hendrix" but no source for the information is provided. Frank Wood states of his webpage that he played with Little Richard at Red Velvet in early 1965 and provides a photo but no-one in the picture would actually seem to be Little Richard? www.frankwood.net/richard.html


SUNDAY 14 FEBRUARY 1965 - INCORRECT DATE, NOT LITTLE RICHARD
Mountain Home, Kingsport, Tennessee
This location & date is listed in "Becoming Jimi Hendrix" as a Little Richard "solo" date backed by The Caprees from Missisippi, no source for the information is provided. This would seem to be a case of mistaken identity, the band who played the date was probably actually "Lil" Richard and the Caprees from Nashville, Tennesee www.youtube.com/watch?v=iplgRJaUIBY.

Roby & Schreiber have Jimi playing with Ike & Tina Turner around this date but this seems to be mainly based on the assumption that Little Richard wasn't in Los Angeles which in turn seems to be based on this supposed solo date in Kingsport thus there is little evidence that Jimi wouldn't have been playing with Little Richard around this period. There was at least one date with Ike & Tina on the same bill (see 21 February 1965) but that doesn't necessarily exclude Jimi from playing with Little Richard as well.


Saturday 20 February 1965
An episode of the tv show "Hollywood A Go Go" featuring Little Richard is broadcast on this date, the recording date of the show is unknown. I have not seen the footage though it apparently does still exist. The appearance is listed in the tv guide for Saturday Evening as:
"9 - LITTLE RICHARD
on THE ONE! THE ONLY!
HOLLYWOOD a GO GO"

Unknown whether Hendrix participated in any way. The program listing comes from the 20 February 1965 issue of "Pasadena Independent" (Pasadena, California). Scans of the issue are available at www.newspapers.com (registration required).


Sunday 21 February 1965 (ALSO WITH Ike and Tina Turner?)
Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, California
Jimi - "Yeah, I came out here before, yeah. I played here at the Fillmore with Ike and Tina and Little Richard about 4 or 5 years ago." Taped interview with Gus Gossert between 10-12 October 1968 at the Winterland Arena in San Francisco. Note that Jimi seems to say that he played with BOTH Ike & Tina and Little Richard on this date, is it possible that Jimi just filled in for a missing guitarist for Ike & Tina on this and perhaps some other dates and never fully joined the Turner revue?

John Goddard: "My favourite Fillmore show was Little Richard. The auditorium was packed, but then again, I never went to the Fillmore during that era when it wasn't packed. Charles Sullivan really brought in the bag name acts. I was a huge Little RIchard fan, and I was up front, taking tons of pictures. It was only years later that I found out that the guitar player, who kept getting in the way, was Jimi Hendrix. I remember him because he played with his teeth and behind his neck, but to me that night, he was just this guitar player who kept getting in the way of me taking pictures of Little Richard." From the book "Harlem of the West - The San Francisco Fillmore Jazz Era" by Elizabeth Pepin and Lewis Watts.

The date for the John Goddard picture (and hence the date of the concert) comes from the book "Becoming Jimi Hendrix" by Steven Roby & Brad Schreiber and is based on Goddard's calendar notes.


Monday 1 March 1965
The 49er, 10715 East Valley Boulevard, El Monte, California
The date comes from an ad published in the 12 February 1965 issue of "Pasadena Independent" (Pasadena, California), Ike And Tina turner are listed as "Special monday night" (thus 15 February) and Little Richard is listed as "Coming Monday, March 1". Scans of the issue are available at www.newspapers.com (registration required). The Little Richard appearance is also mentioned in a column in the 26 February issue which states it will be "a one-night performance".


Saturday 6 March 1965

Los Angeles, California
An episode of the tv show "American Bandstand" featuring Little Richard performing "It Ain't Whatcha Do" and "Lucille" is broadcast on ABC on this date. The show was presented by Dick Clark and filmed in Los Angeles, California. The performance is a playback (recording date unknown), not a live performance, but one of the royal guardsmen behind Little Richard is Jimi Hendrix doing a cameo.



Monday 8 March 1965

The Pink Carousel, 11500 Paramount Boulevard, Downey, California

Little Richard "Plus an All Star Cast". The date and line-up info comes from an ad published in the 7 March 1965 issue of "Independent Press-Telegram" (Long Beach, California). Scans of the issue are available at www.newspapers.com (registration required).



FRIDAY 19 MARCH - SATURDAY 20 MARCH 1965

Ciro's aka Ciro's Le Disc, 8433 Sunset Strip, Hollywood, California
Advertized in "Valley News" 19 March 1965: "Ciro's in Hollywood brings in famed Little Richard to headline a big Friday and Saturday show". Jimi states in the 15 June 1969 interview with Nancy Carter that he played Ciro's with Little Richard. Scans of the issue are available at www.newspapers.com (registration required).


FRIDAY 2 April 1965

Rollarena, San Leandro, California

Photograph taken at the gig published in book "Becoming Jimi Hendrix" by Steven Roby & Brad Schreiber with location & date (Photo credited to Caesar Glebbeek / Univibes Collection). The location is given as "San Leandro Roller Rink", the actual name of the venue would seem to be "Rollarena" which was indeed a roller-skating rink in San Leandro http://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/rockin-at-the-rollarena-pre-summer-of-love/


SATURDAY 3 APRIL 1965?

Golden Bear, Huntington Beach, California?
Roby & Schreiber list this location & date in "Becoming Jimi Hendrix" but no source for the information is provided.


FRIDAY 9 APRIL - SATURDAY 10 APRIL1965?
Ciro's aka Ciro's Le Disc, 8433 Sunset Strip, Hollywood, California?
Roby & Schreiber list two more dates at Ciro's in "Becoming Jimi Hendrix" but no source for the information is provided. A duplicate date for the 19-20 March appearance or did Little Richard play the club twice in March - April 1965?


APRIL 1965
New York City, New York
Hendrix arrives in New York City with Little Richard.


Friday 16 April 1965

Los Angeles?, California
An episode of the tv show "Shebang!" featuring Little Richard is broadcast on this date, in color. The show was presented by KRLA dj Casey Kasem and produced by Dick Clark Productions. Some shows still survive, whether this is one of them is not known, no video seems to circulate. The recording date & location is unknown. Since the tv guide listed this as "Shebang! Casey Kasem, Little Richard" one assumes Richard was the headlining guest and thus did perform on the show  - but was the show broadcast live or did they use a pre-recorded performance, did Little Richard appear in playback, solo or with a band?
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Friday 16 April 1965
Paramount Theatre, New York City, New York
Headliner is comedian Soupy Sales, the line-up also includes the Detergents (featuring future the Archies lead singer Ron Dante), the Hullaballoos, the Exciters, Little Richard and the Royal Company, The Hollies, Sandy Shaw, Vibrations, Dee Dee Warwick, King Curtis, the Uniques and a movie showing. The show was promoted by Morris Levy who had rented the theater for a year and booked Soupy Sales to appear for one week. Source: The New York Times 17 April 1965, available in the website archive.


Saturday 17 April 1965
Paramount Theatre, New York City, New York
Little Richard was thrown off the bill after two days:
"The colourful rock `n`roll star billed as Little Richard claims he was bounced from the big show at the Paramount after playing only two days of a scheduled 10-day gig. The promoters of the divertissement counter that he was unco-operative, stayed on stage too long, and commited other sins cardinal in the profession". News item in the 27 April 1965 issue of "Ottawa Journal" (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada). Scans of the issue are available at www.newspapers.com (registration required).


Friday 30 April 1965

Union College Field House, Schenectady, New York
Complete line-up: The Shirelles, Gary (U.S.) Bonds and Little Richard. Concert at 8:30 p.m., tickets in advance (Miller's Music Store) and at the door $2.50. This appearance was listed in Tony Brown's "A Visual Documentary" but with a slightly incorrect date, Tony listed the appearance as 1 May 1965, the correct date 30 April 1965 and line-up & ticket info comes from an ad published in the 30 April 1965 issue of "The Times Record" (Troy, New York) which tells us that the concert is "Tonight at 8:30 p.m.", scans of the issue are available at www.newspapers.com (registration required).


Postcard to Al Hendrix, stamped Sunday 2 May 1965 in New York City
(Postcard depicts a Unisphere, a sculpture made for New York World's Fair 1964-65):
" Dear Dad. Well, I made another drastic move. We're in New York now. We've been here for about a week now. I guess we'll stay here about a month, playing diffrent jobs around town here, and New Jersey. So, take it easy, write back soon. Jimmy My adress is Theresa Hotel 2090 Rm 416 7th Av NY"


Saturday 8 May 1965?

Syracuse College, Women's Building, Syracuse, New York?
Roby & Schreiber list this location & date in "Becoming Jimi Hendrix" but no source for the information is provided.


Wednesday 12? May 1965

Donnelly Theater, Boston, Massachusetts
Roby & Schreiber list this date in "Becoming Jimi Hendrix" but no source for the information is provided.
Peter Guralnick:
"Maybe what stands out most of all for me, though, is Little Richard’s epic “I Don’t Know What You’ve Got (But It’s Got Me).” As Joe wrote on the final page of the book, it is “arguably the greatest soul ballad of all time. The Mt Rushmore of soul.” And it is. I can remember seeing Richard with Jimi Hendrix on guitar at the Donnelly Theater in Boston in May of 1965 around the time he recorded the song. (I ushered the show!) He didn’t sing “I Don’t Know What You’ve Got” that night. His showstopper was “Shake a Hand,” on which he left the mike and came to the edge of the stage, projecting his voice effortlessly without amplification and imploring the audience to join him. Which, without hesitating for a second, they very soulfully did." From www.peterguralnick.com/post/51797896602/a-word-from-mr-c-lost-soul

Donnelly Theatre has also been known as Loew's State Theater, Donnelly Memorial Theater and Back Bay Theater, please see "The Live Tape" page.


Monday 17? May 1965
WABC-TV, New York City, New York
An upcoming tv appearance by Little Richard was advertised on the WABC 11 May 1965 radio survey: "Next week, Cousin Brucie's "Go Go" TV guests are Ruby & the Romantics, Timi Yuro, and Little Richard"

Billboard reported in it's 30 January 1965 issue about the WABC-TV program "Go!Go!" as follows: "WABC-TV in New York recently debuted a 30-minute video record artist stanza spotlighting WABC radio disk jockeys Scot Muni and Bruce Morrow. Aired 7-7:30 p.m. Mondays, "Go!Go!" ... The audience is seated in bleachers arranged in a semi-circle with the guest performing within the area. This enables director-producer Jorn Winter's cameras to shoot them with the audience as a backdrop. ... The mikes are left on during the vocalizing to catch audience reaction and response minimizing the dead effect of the lip synch."

So if an appearance by Little Richard did take place this was most likely a lip synch exercise. Still, as Jimi did a cameo during the American Bandstand broadcast you never know what to expect if this program still exists in the archives - or indeed was ever recorded. Exact date of broadcast is unknown but if the information in Billboard was still accurate in May the program was pre-recorded and broadcast is likely to have taken place at 19.00 on Monday 17 May 1965.



Wednesday? May? 1965
Long Pond Inn, Greenwood Lake, New York

Peter Sando (of the Rahgoos / Gandalf) and Eddie Gamble (playing in a band with drummer Johnny Gerard) both attend. 9


May 1965

Jimi receives payment from "Little Richard's Productions" for the "period ending May 27", netto sum $166.55. 8


SATURDAY 3 JULY 1965

Unknown location, Wildwood, New Jersey
This date is discussed on this website: www.atlanticcityweekly.com/news-and-views/hendrix_in_wildwood-50788537.html. The page includes this recollection by Jerry Blavat:

"Do you remember hosting an historic Little Richard show at a vacant Acme market site in Wildwood the summer of 1965 or '66? My brother and I attended this show and we have both believed for years that the guitarist in Richard's band that night was the unknown "Jimmy" Hendrix. -- Rick Vito

Sure do, Rick. And your memory is excellent. It was a record hop I held on July 3, 1965, which I remember because it was my birthday. And you're right -- at that time Jimi Hendrix was a member of Little Richard's band, as was Preston Epps ("Bongo Rock"), who was then Richard's drummer. They had come from L.A., where Richard was living at that time, and were touring with him."


June - July? 1965
WLAC-TV studios, L & C Tower, 159 4th Avenue North, Nashville
Jimi appears as a guitar player with "The Royal Company" playing back-up for Buddy & Stacy on the WLAC-TV Channel 5 show "Night Train" performing "Shotgun". On the same show Jimmy Church performs "In The Midnight Hour", the Wilson Pickett version of the song was released in late June - early July. Little Richard did not appear in the show.

According to Roby & Schreiber in "Becoming Jimi Hendrix" the date was 6 July and Little Richard performed at the New Era Club that evening with Jimi having a jam session with Glen Willings, George Yates and Johnny Jones afterwards at the Del Morocco. No source for the information is provided.


TUESDAY 6 JULY 1965?
New Era Club, Nashville, Tennessee?
Roby & Schreiber list this location & date in "Becoming Jimi Hendrix" but no source for the information is provided.


FRIDAY 9 JULY - SATURDAY 10 JULY 1965?

Flamingo Club, Newport, Kentucky?
Roby & Schreiber list this location & date in "Becoming Jimi Hendrix" but no source for the information is provided.


MONDAY 12 JULY? - THURSDAY 15? JULY? 1965

Apollo Theatre, Harlem, New York City, New York
Roby & Schreiber give this date for the Apollo gig in "Becoming Jimi Hendrix" but no source for the information is provided.
Robert Penniman: "It came to a head in New York where we had been playing the Apollo, and Hendrix missed the bus to Washington, D.C., I gave him the word that his services were no longer required. We had some words. I explained why we were doing this. I was running the road for Richard and I didn't accept that kind of bullshit. 7




SOURCES
1 Reproduced in the book "Jimi Hendrix A Visual Documentary" by Tony Brown.
2 Reproduced in Univibes #17. The date on postal stamp is impossible to read in the small pic except for "JAN", unknown if it can be read on the card itself. The date is given as 28 January 1966 in Univibes but the card is clearly from 1965.
3 The date comes from an ad published in the 22 January 1965 issue of "Lake Charles American-Press" (Lake Charles, Louisiana). Scans of the issue are available at www.newspapers.com (registration required).
4 "The Life And Times Of Little Richard" by Charles White p.126 (Omnibus Press 2003 edition)
5 Roby & Schreiber list the location in "Becoming Jimi Hendrix" as Will Rogers Auditorium and the date as 29 January but no source for the information is provided, likely to be guesswork based on Jimi's postcard.
6 The date comes from a program listing published in the 11 April 1965 issue of "Independent Press-Telegram" (Long Beach, California). Scans of the issue are available at www.newspapers.com (registration required).
7 "The Life And Times Of Little Richard" by Charles White p.131 (Omnibus Press 2003 edition)
8 This receipt was a part of the Joey Dee photo & clippings collection sold on eBay in 2003.
9 Eddie Gamble bio at www.eddiegamble.com