Little Richard gets standing ovation at Ryman show

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- It's a standing ovation for rock 'n' roll pioneer Little Richard -- and he didn't even perform.

He was seated at the rear of the Ryman Auditorium Sunday night attending a concert by 1960s Motown stalwarts The Temptations and the Four Tops.

Introduced by Otis Williams, an original member of The Temptations, the 75-year-old Little Richard got the extended ovation from the sold-out crowd of about 2,400.

"We've done some shows together," Williams recalled. Richard, a Macon, Ga., native, now lives in Tennessee and recently performed with Jerry Lee Lewis and John Fogerty on the Grammy Awards.

The auditorium is the original home of the Grand Ole Opry.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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