Après le décès de Fats Domino, Little Richard a - très exceptionnellement - accordé une interview avec le journaliste Andy Greene du Rolling Stone Magazine. Vous pourrez lire (en anglais) ci-dessous qu'il lui fait un des plus beaux compliments: "Il savait tout jouer".
Il se rappelle également des interactions qu'il a eues avec lui au cours de sa carrière, de ses premiers souvenirs lorsqu'il a entendu Fats Domino pour la première fois, de l'influence qu'il a eu sur lui et partage ses titres préférés.
Il ajoute à la fin de l'entrevue qu'il va bien, contrairement aux rumeurs en mai 2016 où on apprenait qu'il aurait été sérieusement malade. Ces dernières années, le musicien a subi une attaque cérébrale, une opération de la hanche et, plus récemment, une attaque cardiaque lors d'une collecte de fonds en 2013. Ces troubles l'ont contraint à annuler quelques concerts et à se retirer chez lui.
Il a communiqué que les bruits de couloir concernant son état de santé proche de la mort avaient été grandement exagérés. Son avocat a déclaré: "Il a 84 ans, j'ignore combien de gens à cet âge-là se lèvent et se sentent rock chaque jour, mais à la lumière des rumeurs, je tiens à dire qu'il est vivace et converse, il est toujours très actif dans sa routine quotidienne."
A voir également ci-dessous, une interview qu'il a donné début octobre après 20 ans de silence. Il y évoque sa carrière et les choix qu'il a du faire entre la célébrité et la religion.
L'interview complète à propos de Fats Domino
It's an honor to speak with you.
It's an honor to speak to you too, bro.
Tell me your first memory of ever hearing Fats Domino's music.
Oh, I love…When I was a boy in Macon, Georgia, Fats used to come here. He was managed by a guy I can't quite recall, but he used to play at a club in Macon. I didn't have the money to go see him, so I used to try and sneak in because I loved him. I loved his piano playing. I love his music, period.
What was special and unique about his piano playing?
Well, he was just a little, short guy with little, biddy hands, and he could make a piano talk. He could play anything. He's not just a banger. He could really play for real, you know?
How did he influence you as a piano player and as a singer?
He influenced me as an entertainer, period. I loved him. I loved his kids, his wife, I loved all of them. He was a good man. We were just real close friends, real close. His daughter would call me every weekend. I would talk to Fats and he would say he wanted to cook dinner for me. He wanted to cook gumbo.
What songs of his were your favorite?
I loved all of his songs. I used to like "The Fat Man," "Goin' Home," "Blueberry Hill." I loved all of Fats' songs. I don't know nothin' he made that I didn't like.
How would you describe his personality to somebody that knew nothing about him?
Well, he was a guy, if you were a good fella, you would have liked him. He had that kind of personality, he was quiet. He was just a good guy, you know?
Did you see him much in the past twenty years?
Yeah, I did an interview with him a little while back.
William Sobel: You went to New Orleans with Fats and Chuck Berry. You did a great session for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
He was pretty quiet in recent years.
He wasn't a talker, and neither was he a walker. But he was just a good guy. One of them good old guys. And a good musician. He loved music.
Do you have any favorite memories of your time with him?
Whenever he saw me he'd go, "Open the door, Richard. Open the door, Richard." I'd say, "Fats, the door is already open. Come on in."
It's sad to think there's so few of you guys around from the old days.
Me and Jerry Lee.
William Sobel: And Richard's going to here for a long time. He's going to carry the torch.
How are you doing, Richard? It's been a while.
I'm doing fine. God has been good to me. And every Saturday I'm in church, every Saturday. I never miss a Saturday. Every Friday I open the Sabbath. I just feel wonderful.
William Sobel: He's the most spiritual man I know.
I won't take more of your time, but thanks so much for calling in.