Little Richard

Little Richard

American, Musician
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Little Richard

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 the nickname "The Innovator, The Originator, and The Architect of Rock and Roll". Characterized by his frenetic 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 influenced numerous singers and musicians across musical genres from rock to hip hop, and his music helped shape rhythm and blues for generations to come.

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Full name at birth
Richard Wayne Penniman
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Claim to fame
'Tutti Frutti', 'Long Tall Sally'
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Date of birth
5 December 1932
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Place of birth
Macon, Georgia, USA
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Date of death
9 May 2020
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Age
87 (age at death)
Place of death
Tullahoma, Tennessee, USA
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Cause of death
Bone Cancer
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Resting place
Oakwood University Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Huntsville, Alabama, USA
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Occupation
Singer-songwriter, musician
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5' 10" (178 cm)
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  • Makeup, androgynous look and bisexuality...
  • Playing piano with hands and feet...
  • Self-proclaimed "Architect of Rock 'n' Roll"...
  • Powerful voice punctuated by high-pitched screams and moans...
  • His beaming, wide smile...
  • Over-the-top wigs...
  • Performing style was brash, bold and extroverted...
  • 'A wop bop alu-bop, a wop-bam-boom!'...
  • Playing piano standing up...
  • Not known for his modesty...
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Residence
Macon, Georgia, USA
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