Richard Wayne Penniman (5 December 1932 – 9 Mey 2020), better kent as Little Richard, wis an American sangster, sangwriter, an muisicker. An influential feegur in popular muisic, Richard's maist celebratit wark dates frae the mid-1950s, whan his deenamic muisic an charismatic shawmanship laid the foondation for rock and roll, leadin him tae be gien the nickname "The Innovator, The Originator, and The Architect of Rock and Roll". Chairacterised bi his frenetic piano playin an raspy singin vyce, Richard's muisic played a key role in the formation o ither popular muisic genres an aw, includin soul an funk. He influenced numerous sangsters an muisickers athort muisical genres frae rock tae hip hop, an his muisic helpit shape rhythm and blues for generations tae come.[1]

Little Richard
Little Richard in 2007 (cropped).jpg
Little Richard performin in Mairch 2007
Background information
Birth nameRichard Wayne Penniman
Born5 December 1932(1932-12-05)
Macon, Georgie, U.S.
Deid9 Mey 2020(2020-05-09) (aged 87)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
  • Sangster
  • sangwriter
  • muisicker
  • Vocals
  • piano
Years active1947–2014
Associate acts


  1. Browne, David (May 9, 2020). "Little Richard, Founding Father of Rock Who Broke Musical Barriers, Dead at 87". Rolling Stone.