Little Richard, one of the pioneers of the first wave of rock ‘n’ roll, has died at the age of 87.
Richard, whose real name was Richard Penniman, had been in poor health for several years, suffering hip problems, a stroke and a heart attack. The musician’s son, Danny Penniman, confirmed his father had died after being very sick for the last two months. Richard’s bass guitarist, Charles Glenn, spoke to the folks over at TMZ confirming Richard had been sick for 2 months. He died at his Tennessee home, surrounded by his brother, sister and son.
Born in Macon, Georgia, in 1932, Little Richard grew to worldwide fame in the 50s, starting with his 1956 hit Tutti Frutti. He enjoyed a string of hits in the following years, including Long Tall Sally, Rip It Up, Lucille, and Good Golly Miss Molly.
Although he experienced most of his success in the 50s, Little Richard’s influence was felt for many years later, with a number of his songs and style being covered and adopted by huge names like The Beatles, Prince, and even Michael Jackson. He was renowned for his unique and bold style, wearing makeup and brightly coloured clothes having previously been a drag performer.
Our thoughts are with Little Richard’s loved ones at this difficult time. Rest in peace, legend.