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Little Richard


Born - 5 December 1932, Macon, Georgia, USA
Died - 9 May 2020

Not-too-tall, trailblazing Afro-American pianist and singer with pencil moustache, the self-styed 'architect of rock 'n' roll', who would stand at his piano while playing it and screeching out rock lyrics at the same time. Born Richard Pennington, with one leg shorter than the other, he made light of his disability and stature with the sheer force of his personality, bursting on the music scene with such hits as Tutti Frutti and Good Golly, Miss Molly and selling records by the million. There were, of course, also guest appearances in 1950s rock musicals and cameo appearances beyond: Don't Knock the Rock (1956), The Girl Can't Help It (1956), Mister Rock and Roll (1957), Catalina Caper (1967), Black Rodeo (1972), Let the Good Times Roll (1973), The Little Richard Story (1980), Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986), Purple People Eater (1988), Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme (1990), Sunset Heat (1992), The Pickle (1993), Last Action Hero (1993), The Late Shift (1996), Chairman of the Board (1998), Gotta Keep Dreamin' (2016) and Hitsville: The Making of Motown (2019), his last. He died from bone cancer.