Richard Wayne Penniman (December 5, 1932 – May 9, 2020), better known as Little Richard, was an American singer, songwriter, and musician. An influential figure in popular music, Richard’s most celebrated work dates from the mid-1950s, when his dynamic music and charismatic showmanship laid the foundation for rock and roll, leading him to be given the nickname The Innovator and The Architect of Rock and Roll.
Characterized by his piano playing and raspy singing voice, Richard’s music also played a key role in the formation of other popular music genres, including soul and funk.
He lived a long life, passed away today at the age of 87.
He produced many classic songs. Here is one of the most well known.
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RIP Little Richard, he really rocked.
I am not familiar with the work of this famous person. Thanks for sharing this with us.
You are welcome, he was a legend in the US.
what a loving tribute, i did not know he had passed until reading this. Little Richard was a huge part of my musical childhood!
Yes it was kind of sad. Rumor has it he lived in a hotel here in Nashville. I had no idea. I remembered him for many years as well.
he struggled with addiction for a long time (I think)
Yes he did, not a favorite but fun to watch.
he, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis, Johnny Cash, Kenny Rogers were all performers of the top order!
Little Richard knew how to belt out rock and roll
Yes he certainly did, he could really play the piano.
He was a legend indeed, and I love the song.
Yes he was and will be missed.
He really lived to a good old age. I know some of his songs. He was a great musician.
Yes he was a legend. The question didn’t show up on the poll. But you answered it in your comment.