Richard Wayne Penniman (born December 5, 1932), known by his stage name Little Richard, is an American recording artist, songwriter, and musician. He has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for over six decades. Penniman's most celebrated work dates from the mid 1950s where his dynamic music and charismatic showmanship laid the foundation for rock and roll. His music also had a pivotal impact on the formation of other popular music genres, including soul and funk. Penniman influenced numerous singers and musicians across musical genres from rock to rap.
I wore the make-up so that white men wouldn't think I was after the white girls. It made things easier for me, plus it was colorful too.
The grass may look greener on the other side but it's just as hard to cut.
(about Elvis Presley) He was an integrator, Elvis was a blessing. They wouldn't let black music through. He opened the door for black music.
|Song Title||Year Released *||Song Rank|
|Long Tall Sally||2009||7,420|
|Rip It Up||1956||28,452|
|The Girl Can't Help It||1956||26,404|
|Slippin' And Slidin'||1956||55,290|
|She's Got It||1956||56,726|
|Send Me Some Lovin'||1957||81,701|
|Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On||1966||84,131|
|Full Name at Birth||Richard Wayne Penniman|
|Date of Birth||December 5, 1932|
|Height||5' 10" (178 cm)|
|Claim to Fame||"Tutti Frutti" "Long Tall Sally",|
|Music Genre||Pop/Rock, Religious, Piano|
|Music Style||Early R&B, Rock & Roll, R&B, New Orleans R&B, Gospel, Black Gospel, Religious|
|Music Mood||Party/Celebratory, Exuberant, Reckless, Confident, Rousing, Boisterous, Urgent, Rebellious, Brash, Joyous, Rollicking, Playful, Passionate, Outrageous, Rambunctious, Giddy, Exciting, Swaggering, Visceral, Manic, Rowdy|
|Other Family Members||Ernestine Campbell( wife)-1959-1963|