Little Richard Dead – Rock and Roll Little Richard Obituary
Pioneer musical artist Little Richard, who created hits like “Tutti Frutti” and “Long Tall Sally”, scandalized early rock audiences with his flamboyant performance style and scorching lyrics, and musicians inspired by John Lennon at Prince died at the age of 87. His family confirmed his death to Rolling Stone.
Little Richard was born Richard Wayne Penniman in Macon, Georgia in 1932, where he had Otis Redding among his childhood friends. The son of a deacon, he learned to play the gospel piano and combined the music of his southern faith with the blues and boogie-woogie, adopting the stage name Little Richard when he was still a teenager.
Although it was signed for the first time at RCA in 1951, it still worked as a dishwasher in a Macon bus station by the release in 1955 of its revolutionary tube, “Tutti Frutti”. “Long Tall Sally” followed the following year, and “Good Golly, Miss Molly” came out in 1958. With his innuendo lyrics, a genre expression that pushes boundaries and loud and loud performances, Little Richard scandalized his detractors. Penniman’s successes were notoriously covered by Pat Boone, who presented a more commercially acceptable white and conservative interpretation of the songs. (Boone released their milquetoast version of “Tutti Frutti” just weeks after the release of Little Richard and sold the original. Penniman received no royalty for the cover.)
At the height of his success, Penniman abandoned musical life to go to biblical college and focus on his faith. He never released secular music until the 1960s and was ordained a minister in 1970. In interviews, Little Richard described difficulties with his sexuality and gender expression and homophobic abuse by his father. “He didn’t want me to wear long hair, I was wearing it anyway,” he said in 2000. “He didn’t want me to put red on my face, which I didn’t really have. I needed to have it, it was there anyway. I wore it anyway. “In the 1990s, he told Penthouse that he had been” gay all my life “, but later, he condemned homosexuality in an interview with a Christian broadcasting company.
In 1986, he was among the very first inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, alongside his rock pioneers, including Chuck Berry, James Brown, Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly. During the 80s and 90s, Little Richard made appearances in television series, in particular Sesame Street, Full house, and Miami Vice.
Little Richard has influenced generations of future rock idols. “We used to sit backstage at the Hamburg Star Club and watch Little Richard play,” said John Lennon of the Beatles as Penniman’s first act. Little Richard described seeing a young Mick Jagger attend his show – “Where do you think he had this walk?” And he jokingly reminded Prince once that he “wears purple before you wear it!”
In a 1990 interview with Rolling Stone, he talks about his heritage as the founder of rock and roll. “I really feel from the bottom of my heart that I am the inventor. If there was someone else, I did not know them, I did not hear them, I did not hear them”, a- he declared. “Not even to date. So I say that I am the architect.”