"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
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.
"The Gothfather": pioneer of theatrical shock rock.
The Father of Rock and Roll.
The most popular Black rock and roll artist of the 1950s.
The singer-songwriter of "Why Do Fools Fall In Love."
The big bands get smaller and grittier.
The blues plugs in.
The biggest musical phenomenon of the 20th-century.
Rich vocal harmonies combined with teen romance.