Little Richard, born Richard Wayne Penniman, one the founding fathers of rock and roll, has died.Richard had enormous influence over the genre, with popular hits like, “Tutti-Frutti” and “Long Tall Sally.”Richard’s bass guitarist, Charles Glenn confirmed to TMZ that… Richard had been sick for 2 months and he died at his Tennessee home, surrounded by his brother, sister and son.
Richard’s music was heavily influenced by the church. He sang gospel and learned the piano at his house of worship.His first break came in 1951, when he performed at a radio station and it caught the ear of record execs. Richard was signed to RCA,In 1955, Richard signed with Specialty Records, where he recorded “Tutti-Frutti” which became an immediate hit.Little Richard also tried his hand at movies, appearing in rock films like “Don’t Knock the Rock,” “The Girl Can’t Help It” and “Mister Rock ‘n’ Roll.”In 1957, Richard shocked the world by quitting the rock biz and became part of the ministry, recording gospel. He recorded an album, “God is Real,” in 1959.However, he came back in ’64, after The Beatles re-recorded his hit “Long Tall Sally” with great success.
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