Little Richard

Little Richard

Rock Singer

Richard Wayne Penniman, known professionally as Little Richard, was an American musician, singer, and songwriter. He was an influential figure in popular music and culture for seven decades.

Full Name
Richard Wayne Penniman
Dec 5, 1932
May 9, 2020
5′ 10″
Net Worth


Richard Wayne Penniman, better known as Little Richard, was born on December 5, 1932 in Macon, Georgia. He is an American singer-songwriter, musician and actor. Little Richard's career has spanned many genres of music including rock and roll, rhythm and blues, soul, doo-wop, gospel, show tunes, and blues. His hit singles include "Tutti Frutti" (1955), "Long Tall Sally" (1956), "Good Golly Miss Molly" (1958), "Lucille" (1957) and "The Girl Can't Help It" (1956).

Little Richard was raised in a religious household by his father Leva Mae and mother Charles “Bud” Penniman. Growing up in the south during the 1940s had its challenges for a young black man trying to make it big in the music industry. Little Richard found success early on when he began performing with bands throughout the south. In 1955 he signed with Specialty Records where he released his debut single “Tutti Frutti” which became an instant hit. The success of this single led to several other hits such as “Long Tall Sally” and “The Girl Can’t Help It” which further established him as one of the most popular rock stars at the time. 

In 1964 Little Richard retired from secular pop music to devote himself to Christianity and pursue a career in Gospel music. He returned back to Rock & Roll in 1984 with the release of his album “Lifetime Friend” which received critical acclaim from fans old and new alike. 

Little Richard has been honored with numerous awards throughout his career including induction into both the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as well as the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He is also credited with being one of the pioneers who helped bridge together various genres including rock & roll, rhythm & blues, pop and gospel.

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1932</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Little Richard is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On December 5, 1932, Richard Wayne Penniman was born in Macon, Georgia.</p></div>

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1945</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Richard Plays Piano for Alcoholic Beverage Company</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">At the age of 12, Richard begins playing piano for an alcoholic beverage company.</p></div>

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1951</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Recorded His First Single at RCA Victor</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">In 1951, he recorded his first single at RCA Victor titled “Every Hour”.</p></div>

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1955</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Released Debut Album</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">In 1955, Little Richard released his debut album Here’s Little Richard.</p></div>

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1957</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Released “Tutti Frutti”</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">His most popular song, “Tutti Frutti” was released in 1957 and became a worldwide success.</p></div>

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1959</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Retired from Music to Pursue Religion</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">In 1959, Little Richard retired from music to pursue religion and become an evangelist.</p></div>

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1986</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Little Richard was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> He Pioneered Rock and Roll</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Little Richard was a pioneer of rock and roll music. He was one of the first artists to combine elements of gospel, blues and jazz into a new style of music that would become known as rock and roll. His hits such as “Tutti Frutti” and “Long Tall Sally” were influential in shaping the sound of modern popular music.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> He's a Great Entertainer</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Little Richard was a great entertainer who could captivate audiences with his energetic live performances. His flamboyant style and exuberance on stage made him an icon for generations of performers who followed him.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> He's an Inspiration</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Little Richard is an inspiration to musicians and fans everywhere. His career has spanned over six decades and he continues to perform today. He is an example of how hard work, dedication, and passion can lead to a successful life and career.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> Pioneered Rock 'n' Roll Music</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Little Richard was a pioneering force in rock ‘n’ roll, helping to create the genre with his high-energy music and stage presence.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> Started Singing in Church</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Little Richard began singing in church as a young boy and was inspired by gospel music. He began playing the piano at age 7.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> Achieved Success at Age 17</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">At age 17, Little Richard achieved success when he released his first single "Tutti Frutti" in 1955.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Released 32 Studio Albums</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Little Richard released 32 studio albums between 1951 and 2018, becoming one of the most influential performers in American music history.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">In 1986, Little Richard was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, honoring his contributions to the development of rock music.</p></div>


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