LITTLE RICHARD (1932-2020)
African-American singer, pianist, recording artist. Penniman was an influential figure in popular music and culture for seven decades. Described as the Architect of Rock and Roll.
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Little Richard’s most celebrated work dates from the mid-1950s, when his characteristic showmanship and dynamic music, marked by frenetic piano playing, pounding back beat and powerful raspy vocals, laid the groundwork for rock and roll. His innovative emotive vocalizations and uptempo rhythmic music played a key role in the development of other popular music genres, including soul and funk. He influenced singers and musicians across musical genres from rock to hip hop; his music helped to shape rhythm and blues for generations. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 as well as the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He was the recipient of Lifetime Achievement Awards from The Recording Academy and the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. In 2015, Richard received a Rhapsody and Rhythm Award from the National Museum of African American Music. “Tutti Fruitti” was included in the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress in 2010.