Little Richard's Original Drummer


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May 20th Charles Connor mentioned in Rolling Stone Digital Cover feature (The Wild Heart of Rock & Roll), remembering Little Richard


Photo by: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

In the article, Rolling Stone pinpoints Charles and his signature "choo-choo train" drum beat, as establishing Little Richard's soulful driven rock n' roll sound with The Upsetters.

Read the full article, here.

May 13th Remembering Little Richard "the architect of Rock & Roll" on W Radio Colombia & WWOZ New Orleans 90.7FM

Charles recently shared some personal memories, on W Radio Colombia and WWOZ New Orleans 90.7FM, of his dear friend Little Richard, who passed away on May 9, 2020. You can listen to the full interviews on the links below on how Charles met Richard and how they helped create rock & roll.

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July 5th Upcoming documentary with Justin Kreutzmann - "Let There Be Drums!"

Director and Grammy nominated producer, Justin Kreutzmann shares another untold rock 'n' roll story in his upcoming documentary "Let There Be Drums!" This time around, Kreutzmann focuses on the history of drums and drummers, and how we're all connected to the rhythm. The film features Keith Moon, John Bonham, Adrian Young, Charles Connor, and many other iconic drummers.

Currently filming. Keep checking back in at for release date.


June 23rd Interview with Dr. Robert Klapper on ESPN Radio's: "Weekend Warrior" PodCast

Catch Charles' podcast interview on "Weekend Warrior" with Dr. Klapper on ESPN LA - 710AM, Saturday, June 23rd from 7:00 - 9:00AM PT. Charles will retell his stories as a young up & coming drummer in the 1950s when he helped create rock & roll.

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November 1st Interview with KROQ's Bean on "K&B Podcast: Thanks for that Podcast, Bean" (Episode 14)

Charles (also a New Orleans native) paid tribute to the late Fats Domino, and shared some of his personal memories of the legend.

Listen to Charles' podcast interview here:

October 6th-7th Ponderosa Stomp Festival

Charles will be a part of the headlining performances at the 2017 Ponderosa Stomp Festival in New Orleans, LA. He'll do an artist Q&A on October 6th at The Ace Hotel New Orleans, and will perform on October 7th at The Orpheum Theater.

Check out Charles' Q&A with David Kunian at Ponderosa's Music History Conference on Oct. 6th at the Ace Hotel New Orleans.

*For more information on the festival, check out:

September 16th Performance at the Museum of Making Music.

Charles will be performing with his West Coast Upsetters at the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, CA on Saturday, September 16th at 2PM.

September 15th Charles is featured in Pulse Films' 10-part series "Rock and Roll" in the episode titled "Love."

London fans can tune into Sky Arts tonight at 9pm to watch the third episode ("Love") of Pulse Films' 10-part series, "Rock and Roll." This episode features Carly Simon, Jerry Lee Lewis, Kelis, Miguel, Charles Connor, and many others.

August 20th Charles to perform at Cody's Viva Cantina in Burbank, CA.

Catch Charles performing at the Messaround's Lee Angel Benefit on Sunday, August 20th at 6PM at Cody's Viva Cantina, 900 W. Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA. Performances also include Big Dick, Lance Lipinsky, King Cotton, Cody Bryant, Suzi Moon, Ronnie Mack, and more. No cover, all ages, and free parking!  *(Donations will go towards Angel's medical expenses.)

August 9th Legendary drummer, Charles Connor received the "Lifetime Achievement Award" at the 2017 Indie Entertainment Summit.

Other recipients included Little Richard, Chuck Barry, and Eddie Cochran.

May 26th Featured on "Sharon Osbourne Presents Rock 'n' Roll's Dodgiest Deals" on BBC Four

Sharon Osbourne presents the story of pop legends like Little Richard, The Beatles, The Animals, The Police, NWA, Moby and various other artists and their music deals through the decades.

*Aired only in the UK. UK locals check out the documentary here:

March 1st Podcast Interview on "The Trap Set" with Joe Wong

Host, Joe Wong interviewed Charles on how he helped invent rock & roll, and discussed working with legends, Little Richard, Professor Longhair, Sam Cooke, and many more. Charles also updated Joe on his new band, The West Coast Upsetters. 

NOV 17th & 18th Featured in PBS' "Soundbreaking"

PBS has begun airing an 8-part documentary series exploring the art of music recording. Charles is featured in episodes 4, "Going Electric" and 5, "Four on the Floor," discussing Jimi Hendrix and his work with Little Richard. He'll be breaking down his signature beat, the "choo choo" train sound that has influenced drummers worldwide.


Charles had the pleasure of being a part of an exciting new documentary series. More details soon!

OCT 1st BOOK SIGNING - Pasadena, CA

Charles will be signing his latest book Keep A Knockin: The Story of A Legendary Drummer, sticks, photos, and more at the Pasadena Convention Center. Excited to be back!