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Little Richard was an American singer-songwriter that was influential to the pop music industry for seven decades. With hits like Tutti Frutti and Long Tall Sally, his popularity rose during the 50s and has seen major success during this time, topping Billboard charts releasing hit after hit. His style has become a model for future rock musicians to emulate.
Real name Richard Wayne Penniman, he was born on December 5, 1932 in Macon, Georgia. Since his childhood, Richard was exposed to Gospel music from attending Baptist and Pentecostal churches.
When his popularity peaked, he left the music industry and pursued Evangelicalism and studied in Bible College. In 1958, Penniman formed the Little Richard Evangelistic Team, traveling across the country to preach. He returned to recording secular music after The Beatles recorded Long Tally Sally and produced more music, although reception wasn’t as warm as he previously experienced. But he was welcomed by the new generation of rockstars like The Rolling Stones.
His influence crosses borders as he is credited as the figurehead in the breaking of the color line, which brought together black and white audiences together.
On May 9, 2020, Little Richard died due to complications caused by bone cancer. Tributes poured from many artists that he influenced, including Mick Jagger and Elton John. J. Smith. Off The Record.
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