Little Richard, rock legend, died.Little Richard (Richard Wayne Penniman) died last Saturday (9th), aged 87, of bone cancer. Richard was a pioneer of rock, having begun his career in the 1950s. In his childhood in Georgia, Little Richard grew up listening to rapturous gospel singers in black churches and this influenced his way of singing. It all started with Tutti Frutti. Little performed at the time playing with his foot on the piano. The United States of the 1950s watched Little Richard stupefied… The lyrics of the song speak of dating Susan, Daisy which at the time became dangerous. Even the topic was banned on several radiostations.
At 18 Richard began performing at freshman shows. The following year, he already had a record deal. The singer eventually exerted influence on his generation and the following, and in many groups and artists, including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Prince and Elvis Presley himself, with songs such as Tutti Frutti or Long Tal Sally, among others.The successful career was short-lived. Still in the 1950s he joined the church and practically disowned rock.
Little Richard Long Tall Sally – Tutti Frutti , from Youtube.
Richard Wayne Penniman (December 5, 1932 – May 9, 2020), better known as Little Richard, was an American singer,songwriter and pianist. He was voted by Rolling Stone the 8th greatest music artist of all time.He learned to play the piano as a teenager and would become one of the pioneers of rock, mixing boogie-woogie, rhythm and blues and gospel music, creating a unique style, an aggressive, vibrant, intense, fast-paced music at the piano, rock.In 1955, he reached the top of hits with the song “Tutti Frutti”. Other hits followed such as “Lucille”, “Keep a Knockin'”, “Long Tall Sally”, “Slippin’ and Slidin'”, “Rip it up”, “Jenny Jenny” among others.
In 1958, he ended his career after a tour of Australia to devote himself to religion. He became a pastor and recorded gospel songs. However, in 1962, he returned to the stage for a tour with opening shows by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.The interest of British pop culture by the pioneers of American rock caused him to perform several shows in English clubs, throughout the 60s, always interpreting his great successes. Also in the United States, he tried to revitalize his career by recording soul-style songs, but was always more recognized for his repertoire of his early years. In the 1970s, although always respected for his pioneering work, he devoted himself more to nostalgic events celebrating the “origins” of rock ‘n’ roll than an effective artistic career, recording few unreleased songs.