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Trailblazer: Rock ’n’ roll star Little Richard, who has died aged 87, set the template for many musicians who followed him. Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Trailblazer: Rock ’n’ roll star Little Richard, who has died aged 87, set the template for many musicians who followed him. Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

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Trailblazer: Rock ’n’ roll star Little Richard, who has died aged 87, set the template for many musicians who followed him. Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Paul McCartney says he owes "a lot" to rock 'n' roll pioneer Little Richard as he paid tribute to the late singer.

Little Richard, who was renowned for hits such as 'Tutti Frutti' and 'Long Tall Sally', died from bone cancer aged 87 at the weekend.

The Beatles star revealed the US singer used to say "I taught Paul everything he knows" - adding he "had to admit he was right".

He said: "Little Richard came screaming into my life when I was a teenager."

The Beatles got to know the rocker when playing alongside him in Germany. McCartney said: "He would let us hang out in his dressing room and we were witness to his pre-show rituals, with his head under a towel over a bowl of steaming hot water. A great man with a lovely sense of humour and someone who will be missed by the rock 'n' roll community and many more.

"I thank him for all he taught me and the kindness he showed by letting me be his friend. Goodbye, Richard, and a-wop-bop-a-loo-bop."

Irish Independent