Little Richard

Richard Wayne Penniman (born December 5, 1932), known by his stage name Little Richard, is an American pianist, singer and songwriter. He has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for over six decades. His most celebrated work dates from the mid-1950s where his music laid the foundation for rock and roll. Penniman’s hits of that period, such as “Tutti Frutti” (1955), “Long Tall Sally” (1956), “Keep A-Knockin’” (1957) and “Good Golly, Miss Molly” (1958), were generally characterized by playful lyrics underpinned with suggestive overtones. His music and charismatic showmanship had a pivotal impact on the sound of many other popular music genres. Penniman incorporated elements of boogie-woogie, New Orleans R&B and gospel music that inspired and influenced the developments of the R&B subgenres, funk and soul music. Penniman influenced numerous singers and musicians from rock to rap.

Penniman was honored by many institutions, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He was the recipient of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award in 1992 and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation in 1994. Penniman ranked number eight on music magazine Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. “Tutti Frutti” was included in the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry, claiming the “unique vocalizing over the irresistible beat announced a new era in music”.



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