With her driving, flamboyant sound, Little Richard helped define the early rock ‘n’ roll era of the 1950s. He converted songs such as “Tutti Frutti” and “Long Tall Sally” into massive hits and inspired such bands as the Beatles with his croons, wails and screams.
Born Richard Wayne Penniman on 5 December 1932, in Macon, Georgia. Little Richard was the third of twelve children. His father, Bud, was a stern man who had made his living selling moonshine and did not do much to hide his contempt for the early signs of homosexuality from his family. Richard was forced to move out of family home at the age of 13, and his relationship with his father has never been fixed. Her father was shot dead outside a local bar when Richard was 19.
Little Richard Career
Sister Rosetta Tharpe overheard Penniman, 14, singing her songs before a show at the Macon City Auditorium, in October 1947. She had him invited to open her show. Tharpe paid him after the series, and encouraged him to become a professional performer. Penniman stated that after hearing Ike Turner’s piano intro on “Rocket 88,” he was inspired to play the piano. In 1949, he began performing in the traveling show of Doctor Nubillo. In his life, Penniman was inspired to wear turbans and capes by Nubillo, who also “carried a black stick and showed something he called ‘the child of the devil’ – the dried-up body of a baby with claw feet like a bird and horns on his head.”
On Lloyd Price’s recommendation, in February 1955, Penniman sent a demo to Price’s label, Specialty Records. Months passed until the company gave a call to Penniman. Specialty owner Art Rupe finally loaned Penniman money to buy out of his Peacock contract in September of that year, and set him to work with producer Robert “Bumps” Blackwell. Upon hearing Penniman’s demo, Blackwell felt Penniman was Specialty’s answer to Ray Charles, however, Penniman told him he preferred the sound of Fats Domino. Blackwell sent him to New Orleans where he was recording at J&M Studios in Cosimo Matassa.
Many organizations have honoured Richard. In 1986, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of their first group of inductees. He was also inducted into the Hall of Fame for Songwriters. He was the recipient of a Music Academy Lifetime Achievement Award, and a Rhythm and Blues Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2015, Richard was awarded a Rhapsody & Rhythm Award from the National Museum of African American Music for his key role in the formation of popular music genres and in helping to end the racial divide on the music charts and in concerts in the mid-1950s, which significantly changed American culture. In 2010, “Tutti Frutti” was included in the National Library of Congress Recording Registry, which reported that his “special vocalization over the irresistible beat revealed a new age in music.”
Little Richard Cause Of Death
Little Richard is dead at age 87. He died Saturday. According to The Guardian, Little Richard, whose real name was Richard Penniman, suffered from a few health problems over the past several years and had a stroke and a heart attack along with hip issues.
Although the way Little Richarddied has not yet been published, his life in music has had a big influence on many huge stars who came after him, including Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and more. Renowned for its bright costumes and outsized personality, the piano playing music symbol is part of the rock n’roll cloth. Nobody else has been quite like him.