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Little Richard Gets Standing Ovation at Ryman

Posted: Feb 18, 2008

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.

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