Rock ‘n’ Roll Pioneer Little Richard Dies At 87

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Little Richard in 2005 (image: Reuters)

Pioneering rock ‘n’ roll singer Little Richard has died at the age of 87, the musician’s family has confirmed.

Little Richard’s hit Good Golly Miss Molly made the charts in 1958. Other well-known songs include Tutti Frutti and Long Tall Sally.

The Beatles, Elton John and Elvis Presley all cited him as an influence. The singer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

He died of bone cancer in Tullahoma, Tennessee his family said.

Little Richard was born as Richard Wayne Penniman in 1932.

He had his biggest hits in the 1950s and was known for his exuberant performances, shrieks, raspy voice and flamboyant outfits. He sold more than 30 million records worldwide.

Little Richard was one of 12 children and said he had started singing because he wanted to stand out from his siblings.

His music was embraced by both black and white fans at a time when parts of the US were still segregated, and concerts had a rope up the centre of the auditorium to divide people by colour.

source: BBC

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