Little Richard

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Little Richard

Little Richard in 2007
Background information
Birth name Richard Wayne Penniman
Born December 5, 1932 (1932-12-05) (age 81)
Macon, Georgia, U.S.
Genres Rock and roll, rhythm and blues, Gospel
Occupations Musician, songwriter
Instruments Piano, Voice
Years active 1951-present

Richard Wayne Penniman (born December 5, 1932), known by his stage name Little Richard is an American recording artist, songwriter, and musician. He is one of the early creators of rock and roll music in the 1950s.

In 1951 Little Richard began his music career by making gospel and jazz influenced rhythm and blues. Have did not sell many records until 1955 when he added a loud drum beat and loud Gospel-style singing and boogie-woogie piano playing. This new music would come to be known as of rock and roll. Little Richard influenced many rock and roll musicians who started after him.

In 1957, when he was at his most popular point, Little Richard quit rock and roll music. He went to Bible college and became a church preacher. He then went on to play only Gospel music for many years. He returned to playing rock and roll when he was older, and also continued playing Gospel music.

In 1986, Little Richard was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was one of the first seven people to be added to the museum.

Personal life[change | edit source]

He is bisexual.[1]

Singles[change | edit source]

Release date Title Chart Positions
US Charts US R&B chart UK Singles Chart
11/55 "Tutti Frutti" #17 #2 #29
4/56 "Long Tall Sally" #6 #1 #3
4/56 "Slippin' and Slidin'" #33 #2 -
6/56 "Rip It Up" #17 #1 #30
6/56 "Ready Teddy" #44 #8 -
10/56 "Heebie-Jeebies" - #7 -
10/56 "She's Got It" - #9 #15
12/56 "The Girl Can't Help It" #49 #7 #9
12/56 "All Around the World" - #13 -
3/57 "Lucille" #21 #1 #10
3/57 "Send Me Some Lovin'" #54 #3 -
6/57 "Jenny Jenny" #10 #2 #11
6/57 "Miss Ann" #56 #6 -
9/57 "Keep A Knockin'" #8 #2 #21
2/58 "Good Golly, Miss Molly" #10 #4 #8
6/58 "Ooh! My Soul" #31 #15 #22
6/58 "True, Fine Mama" #68 - -
9/57 "Baby Face'" #41 #12 #2
2/58 "Kansas City" #95 - #26
3/59 "By the Light of the Silvery Moon" - - #17
11/62 "He Got What He Wanted" - - #38
7/64 "Bama Lama Lama Loo" #82 #82 #20
11/65 "I Don't Know What You've Got But It's Got Me" #92 #12 -
8/66 "Poor Dog (Who Can't Wag His Own Tail)" - #41 -
5/70 "Freedom Blues" #47 #28 -
9/70 "Greenwood Mississippi" #85 - -
8/73 "In the Middle of the Night" - #71 -
3/86 "Great Gosh A'Mighty!" #42 - #62
10/86 "Operator" - - #67

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