Bob Dylan is lending his voice to the chorus of tributes pouring in following the death of one Rock and Roll's most important icons.
Richard Wayne Penniman, better known as Little Richard, died Saturday of bone cancer at the age of 87.
A few hours later, Dylan released a statement on his social media accounts, opening with the line, "I just heard the news about Little Richard and I’m so grieved":
"He was my shining star and guiding light back when I was only a little boy," Dylan writes, going on to say that when the two performed together in the early 90s, Richard "was always generous, kind and humble."
"Of course he’ll live forever," Dylan added. "But it’s like a part of your life is gone."
And there's proof the Minnesota-born songwriter isn't embellishing his lifelong fandom. A page from his high school yearbook — back when he was known as Robert Zimmerman — has surfaced on Twitter, showing that one of his ambitions was "to join 'Little Richard'":
Little Richard's breakout hit and best-known song was "Tutti Frutti," but he also scored successes with "Long Tall Sally" and "Good Golly Miss Molly," among many others.