Little Richard, the “architect of rock `n’ roll”who altered popular music introducing R&B to white America, died Saturday age 87. the family are not releasing the cause of death.
He was born Richard Penniman in Macon, Georgia, in 1932 during the Great Depression, one of 12 children.
Little Richard was one of the founding fathers of rock `n’ roll. His music transcended the racial divide in 1950’s/60’s America when it came to the music charts, he joined Chuck Berry and Fats Domino in bringing “race music” into the mainstream.
Selling more than 30 million records worldwide, in 1956 when his classic Tutti Frutti smashed into the Top 40. Heralding Richard’s memorable “wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-lop-bam-boom.” This was followed by hit after hit with records like Lucille, Keep A Knockin‘, Long Tall Sally, Good Golly Miss Molly. More than 40 years on Bruce Springsteen was still performing Good Golly Miss Molly live. RIP Little Richard.