Little Richard

Little Richard

A flamboyant and electrifying musician and vocalist.

Founded

December 5, 1932 in Macon, Georgia

Full Name

Richard Wayne Penniman

Date of Birth

December 5, 1932 in Macon, Georgia

Still Alive

Date of Death

May 9, 2020 in Tullahoma, Tennessee

Little Richard, 1957.
Little Richard, 1957.

About The artist

"Little Richard fused gospel, rhythm & blues, and boogie woogie into a sound that was purely electric, and he startled audiences with his flashy clothes, outrageous persona, and willingness to present a sexually ambiguous image at a time when such things were all but unknown in popular culture."
Mark Deming, Allmusic.com

Did you know...

While in high school, Little Richard met his idol, Sister Rosetta Tharpe. After hearing him sing, Tharpe encouraged him to pursue music as a career.

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The blues plugs in.

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