Charles Connor, drummer for Little Richard, dies aged 86
Charles Connor, who was a drummer for Little Richard and different music greats together with James Brown and Sam Cooke, has died aged 86.
Connor’s daughter, Queenie Connor Sonnefeld, mentioned her father died peacefully in his sleep on Saturday whereas underneath hospice care at his house in Glendale, California. She mentioned he had been recognized with regular strain hydrocephalus, a mind dysfunction that causes fluid buildup.
Connor Sonnefeld known as the drummer a “nice father” who was all the time constructive and an individual who by no means gave up on his goals.
“He was a kind of drummers that was a bricklayer of making that rock’n’roll style,” she mentioned. “He performed behind so many legendary musicians within the Nineteen Fifties. He was a loving grandfather and was very pleased with his household and took loads of satisfaction in his contributions to rock’n’roll.”
Connor started enjoying drums at age 12. Three years later, he began his skilled profession when the singer and pianist Professor Longhair employed him as a last-minute substitute for the 1950 Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
After Connor turned 18, he joined Little Richard’s unique highway band, the Upsetters. The band appeared in a number of standard function movies together with The Lady Can’t Assist It with Jayne Mansfield, together with Don’t Knock the Rock and Mister Rock and Roll.
Throughout his profession, Connor toured with quite a few musical greats together with James Brown, Jackie Wilson and the unique Coasters. He additionally obtained a certificates of particular recognition from the US congresswoman Maxine Waters in 1994.
Connor launched the motivational e book Don’t Give Up Your Goals: You Can Be a Winner Too! in 2008. He was inducted into the Louisiana Music Corridor of Fame two years later.
In 2013, Connor launched an EP, Nonetheless Knockin’. On the time of his dying he was engaged on an autobiographical documentary.