'Hello Mary Lou' was written by Gene Pitney, during his important year of 1961, as Ricky turned 21.
The service took place at Richard's alma mater, Oakwood University in Huntsville.
Bruce Beresford, of 'Driving Miss Daisy' fame, will be directing the new film.
Richard's version of the Leiber & Stoller song added his own segment and moved The Beatles to cover it live and then on 'Beatles For Sale.'
"Little Richard came screaming into my life when I was a teenager," wrote McCartney.
His passing, at his home, was confirmed by his son Danny Penniman, but a cause of death has not yet been announced.
The recording of a bona fide rock 'n' roll classic.
McCartney recorded a message for BBC 6 Music selecting Vincent's early rock 'n' roll classic, 'Be-Bop-A-Lula.'
The self-titled set is released by Rounder Records via Concord and is winning plaudits for its classic but modern roots style.
Bill Haley and the Comets' 'Rock Around The Clock' may not have been the first rock 'n' roll record, but it certainly ignited the fledgling style.
In 1970, Chuck Berry was back at Chess, where he helped create the very fabric of rock 'n' roll, announcing his return in April with the great single 'Tulane.'
The track came from an album featuring Peter Frampton, Rory Gallagher, members of Spooky Tooth and many more.
On 7 April 1972, The Big O cut the number that would become the opening song on his 'Memphis' album.