Charles Connor, identified for being Little Richard’s drummer who carried out with different music greats together with James Brown and Sam Cooke, has died. He was 86.
Connor’s daughter, Queenie Connor Sonnefeld, mentioned her father died peacefully in his sleep early Saturday whereas below hospice care at his residence in Glendale, California. She mentioned her father had been recognized with regular stress hydrocephalus, a mind dysfunction that causes fluid buildup.
Connor Sonnefeld known as the drummer a “nice father” who was at all times constructive and an individual who by no means gave up on his desires.
“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 a whole lot of delight in his contributions to rock ‘n’ roll.”
Connor started enjoying drums at age 12. Three years later, he began his skilled profession when Professor Longhair, a singer and pianist, employed him as a last-minute alternative for the 1950 Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
After Connor turned 18, he joined Richard’s authentic highway band, The Upsetters. The band appeared in a number of fashionable function movies together with “The Lady Can’t Assist It” with Jayne Mansfield together with “Don’t Knock the Rock” and “Mr. Rock ‘n’ Roll.”
Throughout his profession, Connor toured with varied musicians akin to James Brown, Jackie Wilson and the unique Coasters. He additionally obtained a certificates of particular recognition from Rep. Maxine Waters in 1994.
Connor launched his motivational guide “Don’t Give Up Your Desires: You Can Be a Winner Too!” 2008. He was inducted into the Louisiana Music Corridor of Fame two years later.
In 2013, Connor launched his EP album “Nonetheless Knockin.” On the time of his dying, he was engaged on his autobiographical documentary.