Little Richard, Flamboyant Rock ‘n’ Roll Pioneer, Dies at 87

He was one of the most influential figures in the foundation and evolution of rock and roll

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Little Richard, flamboyant Rock ‘n’ Roll pioneer, has died at the age of 87,  on Saturday after battling bone cancer.

News of his death was confirmed by his son Danny Jones Penniman while talking to the New York Times.

Flamboyant singer instrumentalist, whose birth name was Richard Penniman, was one of rock `n’ roll’s founding fathers.

He sold more than 30 million records worldwide. “Tutti Frutti,” “Long Tall Sally,” “Rip It Up,” “Jenny Jenny,” “Keep A-Knockin’” and “Good Golly Miss Molly”,  became major crossover hits in the pop sphere.

He sang the classic”Tutti Frutti” in 1956 that landed like a hand grenade in the Top 40, exploding from radios and off turntables across the US. What made it extraordinary was Richard’s memorable call of “wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-lop-bam-boom.”

 Richard influenced succeeding generations of rockers, from The Beatles and Otis Redding to Creedence Clearwater Revival and David Bowie.

The Beatles’ Paul McCartney imitated Richard’s signature yelps — perhaps most notably in the “Wooooo!” from the hit “She Loves You.”

While Ex-bandmate John Lennon covered Richard’s “Rip It Up” and “Ready Teddy” on the 1975 “Rock and Roll” album.

In 1986, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opened, he was among the charter members with Elvis Presley, Berry, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Sam Cooke, and others.

On his death, the music icon Little Richard, remembered by Carole King, Mick Jagger, Ringo Starr, Chuck D, Spike Lee, and many more:


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