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Little Richard (1932–2020)

Little Richard (1932–2020)

By Vibe Staff | Vibe

Rock and roll pioneer Richard “Little Richard” Penniman has died at the age of 87, reported Rolling Stone on Saturday morning (May 9). The unapologetically flamboyant star had been battling bone cancer as confirmed by his son Danny Jones Penniman.

Born in Macon, Georgia on December 5th, 1932, Little Richard was known for breaking musical and racial barriers in the genre of rock and delivered classic hits like “Long Tally Sally (The Thing)” (1956), “Tutti Frutti” (1956), “Rip It Up (1956),” “Lucille” (1957), “Good Golly, and Miss Molly” (1958).

His music inspired many legendary artists like Prince, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, and Elton John. Many of his songs were covered by the likes of The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Clearance Clearwater Revival, André Rieu & His Johann Strauss Orchestra, and more. Throughout his illustrious career, rock & roll movies like Don’t Knock the Rock (1956), Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986) and Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998). He appeared in a handful of television shows like Martin, Baywatch and The Simpsons.

Our condolences to the family and friends of the “The Innovator, The Originator, and The Architect of Rock and Roll.” May he rest in perfect peace.


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