On this day in 1958, Little Richard left a tour of Australia with Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran early to enroll in Oakwood College in Huntsville, AL–a school for African-Americans run by the Seventh Day Adventist Church–so he can get a degree in divinity. The singer later explained that during a flight from Melbourne to Sydney that he had seen the plane’s red hot engines and felt angels were holding it up. During the Sydney performance, Little Richard saw a bright red fireball flying across the sky above him and was deeply shaken. He took the event, later revealed as the launching of the first artificial Earth satellite Sputnik 1, as a sign from God to repent from performing secular music and his wild lifestyle and enter the ministry.
The angels may listen in to the Grooveyard but you don’t have to see them to vote in our Love Song Survey. There’s separate polls for songs from the 1950s and for the Grooveyard years of the 1960s. Pick up to 10 songs from each survey daily through February 6. We’ll combine the results and announce the winners during our pre-Valentines Day show on February 13. We’ll also take your holiday dedications here.