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The Originator of Rock and Roll has passed away, yes you are reading this right Little Richard has died at the age of 87. The cause of death hasn't been revealed.
Little Richard was born Danny Penniman in Macon, Georgia in 1932. Richard learned how to sing and play the piano in the church. He would see his first piece of success in 1956 with the smash record "Tutti Frutti". He followed that up with hits like 1957 "Long Tally Sally" and "Rip It Up". What he brought to the music industry in those days was the first of it's kind.
Richard was a brave soul, he like many African American performers had to play it safe while touring during Segregation and Jim Crow. During this time Black performers could not stay or eat at the hotels or dining halls they played at because they were African American.
From his wild style of piano playing, smooth voice and classic runs, to electrifying performances that would give birth to the term Rock and Roll. His impact would be the inspiration for legendary acts like The Beetles and Elton John.
Little Richard was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he has a Star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, he's been in countless Movies and TV Shows and has performed on every inch of the planet. He has even had a movie created about him which debuted in 2000 starring Leon.
It's easy to say Danny "Little Richard" Penniman is the Ultimate Rockstar. This Icon will Live Forever