March 11, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Here is little Frank “Sugar Chile” Robinson (often mistakenly thought to be Little Richard) playing up a storm with his fists and elbows at the age of about 7. That kid could clearly have gotten music out of a sofa cushion. I’ll bet the piano teachers are horrified.
Little Frank was a child prodigy and played with Lionel Hampton, appeared in movies, toured with Count Basie and played for President Harry Truman. Then, rather become an adolescent has-been, which happens to most prodigies, he dropped out of the music business to get an education. He got a degree in history and one in psychology.
Thanks to my brother Joe for this video. Growing up with me, he knows good piano playing when he sees and hears it.