Richard Wayne Penniman December 5, 1932 – May 8, 2020 Little Richard

Richard Wayne Penniman December 5, 1932 – May 8, 2020 better known as Little Richard, is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. An influential figure in popular music and culture for seven decades, Penniman’s most celebrated work dates from the mid-1950s, when his charismatic showmanship and dynamic music, characterized by frenetic piano playing, pounding back beat and raspy shouted vocals, laid the foundation for rock and roll.
He 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. “Tutti Frutti” was included in the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress in 2010, which stated that his “unique vocalizing over the irresistible beat announced a new era in music”.

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