- Little Richard was an American singer, songwriter, and musician
- He was nicknamed "The Innovator", "The Originator", and "The Architect of Rock and Roll"
|Real name:||Richard Wayne Penniman|
|How tall was Little Richard?||178 cm / 5 ft 11 in||Born:||05 December 1932 |
|When did Little Richard die? / Died||09 May 2020|
|How many years did Little Richard live? / Lived||87 years|
|Where was Little Richard born?||Macon, Georgia, U.S.A.|
|Where did Little Richard die? / Deathplace ||Tullahoma, Tennessee, U.S.A.|
|Nicknames:||The Real King of Rock 'n' Roll, The Queen of Rock 'n' Roll, The Emancipator, The Bronze Liberace, The Innovator, The Originator, The Architect of Rock and Roll|
Net worth 2020 (estimated)
|How much is Little Richard worth?||$40,000,000|
Who was Little Richard? / Facts
Early life - Richard Wayne Penniman was the third of 12 children of Leva Mae (née Stewart) and Charles "Bud" Penniman.
His father was a church deacon and a brick mason, who sold bootlegged moonshine on the side and owned a nightclub called the Tip In Inn.
His mother was a member of Macon's New Hope Baptist Church.
Initially, his first name was supposed to have been "Ricardo", but an error resulted in "Richard" instead.
In childhood, he was nicknamed "Lil' Richard" by his family because of his small and skinny frame.
A mischievous child who played pranks on neighbors, Richard began singing in church at a young age.
He attended Macon's Hudson High School, where he was a below-average student.
Richard learned to play alto saxophone, joining his school's marching band.
Beginnings - While in high school, he got a part-time job at Macon City Auditorium, where he sold Coca-Cola to crowds during concerts of star performers of the day.
In October 1947, Sister Rosetta Tharpe overheard 14-year-old Richard singing her songs before a performance at the Macon City Auditorium.
She invited him to open her show. Richard was paid after the show, inspiring him to become a professional performer.
Rock and roll - His mid-1950s dynamic music laid the foundation for rock and roll.
Legacy - Other popular music genres, including soul and funk, were nispired by his unique style.
His music helped shape rhythm and blues for generations to come.
Greatest hit - "Tutti Frutti" (1955), one of Richard's signature songs, became an instant hit, crossing over to the pop charts in both the United States and overseas in the United Kingdom.
Success - Richard's next hit single, "Long Tall Sally" (1956), hit No. 1 on the Billboard Rhythm and Blues Best-Sellers chart, followed by a rapid succession of 15 more hit singles in less than 3 years.
His performances during this period resulted in integration between White Americans and African Americans in his audience.
In 1962, during a five-year period in which Richard abandoned rock and roll music for born again Christianity, concert promoter Don Arden persuaded him to tour Europe.
During this time, Arden had the Beatles open for Richard on some tour dates, capitalizing on his popularity.
Richard advised the Beatles on how to perform their songs and taught the band's member Paul McCartney his distinctive vocalizations.
Trade mark - Powerful voice punctuated by high-pitched screams and moans, his beaming, wide smile, often humorously told his audiences (or anyone within earshot) to "SHUT UP!"
- Awards and honors - Richard was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of its first group of inductees in 1986.
He was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
He was the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation.
In 2015, Richard received a Rhapsody & Rhythm Award from the National Museum of African American Music for his key role in the formation of popular music genres and helping to bring an end to the racial divide on the music charts and in concert in the mid-1950s, changing American culture significantly.
"Tutti Frutti" was included in the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress in 2010.
- Social media stats - Richard's YouTube channel had 31.3K subscribers, while his Facebook fan page reached 395K followers and 411K likes, as of May 2020.
- Ballard-Hudson High School, Macon, Georgia, U.S.A.
The band hated that makeup. If we didn't put on makeup, they wouldn't have let us in those white clubs. They figured we weren't gonna bother the white girls.
[on Elvis Presley] Elvis may be the King of Rock and Roll, but I am the Queen.
[on Elvis Presley] He was an integrator, Elvis was a blessing. They wouldn't let black music through. He opened the door for black music.
The grass may look greener on the other side, but it's just as hard to cut.
I'm a conductor of revivals. The only minister in the whole package. Little Richard, the evangelist.
I am the architect of rock 'n' roll. I have to be a fan of all its forms.
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Last update: 12 May 2020
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