American singer-songwriter, Little Richard dies at the age of 87!

American singer-songwriter, Little Richard dies at the age of 87!
  • Rock ‘n’ Roll singer Little Richard has died at the age of 87.
  • His death came due to bone cancer in Tullahoma, Tennessee.
  • He was an influence on many singers.

Little Richard and his death

The legendary singer, Little Richard is no more. He died in Tullahoma, Tennessee, his family said. The musician’s family also confirmed the singer’s death. Little Richard was 87. He was suffering from bone cancer, He was a pioneer of rock ‘n’ roll.

Little Richard (Source: Black Enterprise)

The contemporary singers were devastated by the news of his death and offered their tributes on the occasion. Little Richard’s bass guitarist, Charles Glenn, told TMZ that the singer was ill for about two months before his death. Charles also revealed that Little Richard died at his home. His brother, sister, and son were beside him when he died.

Tributes to the departed singer

Little Richard was an influence on many singers. The Beatles, Elton John, and Elvis Presley had all cited Little Richard as their inspiration. Paying tribute to him, former Beatles drummer Sir Ringo Starr tweeted:

God bless Little Richard, one of my all-time musical heroes.”

Chic co-founder Nile Rodgers said:

His death is the loss of a true giant.”

Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys stated:

His music would last forever.”

Bob Dylan tweeted:

I just heard the news about Little Richard and I’m so grieved. He was my shining star and guiding light back when I was only a little boy. His was the original spirit that moved me to do everything I would do.”

Rolling Stone magazine wrote on their Twitter handle:

“He was the first punk. He was the first everything.” John Waters pays tribute to Little Richard and recalls an infamous 1987 interview with the rock pioneer.”

Little Richard’s life and career

Little Richard’s real name was Richard Wayne Penniman. He was born in 1932. He was one of the 12 children of his parents. The singer revealed that he started singing because he wanted to stand out from the rest of his siblings.

Little Richard told BBC News in 2008:

“I was the biggest head of all, and I still have the biggest head,”

Little Richard (Source: Ultimate Classic Rock)

He added:

I did what I did, because I wanted attention. When I started banging on the piano and screaming and singing, I got attention.”

His hit song Good Golly Miss Molly topped the charts in 1958. Additionally, he gave other popular songs which include Tutti Frutti and Long Tall Sally. He had fans from both races.

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His biggest hits came in the 1950s. The characteristics of his singing included his exuberant performances, shrieks, raspy voice, and flamboyant attires. He has sold more than 30 million copies globally. His name was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

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Source: BBC News

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