Sunday, January 17, 2010

Gettin' Plenty Lovin'

Probably the wildest obscure '50s rocker of 'em all, piano poundin' loony Esquerita is the guy who taught Little Richard how to get the savage sound outta those 88 keys. Somehow or other this outta space maniac got signed to Capitol Records and unleashed a monster LP and a batch of 45s in the late '50s, a crash course in the kinda incomprehensible mad ravin' that embodies the true spirit of rock'n'roll at its wildest. Lots of his wild sides are available on Norton Records who have been keepin' the flame burning for this guy since the '80s, and you can look around on the net for the story of his personal life which is even more way out there than the musical offerings he left behind on his rocket ride outta this world. I made this drawing for Roctober #19, part of the "Rock'n'Roll AIDS Quilt" cover feature in that issue. Stay tuned for MORE ACTION!

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