By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Nashville, Tennessee: Rock and roll legend Little Richard has died on Saturday, May 11th, 2020.
Richard’s son, Danny Penniman, confirmed his death to Rolling Stone, but said the cause was unknown.
Richard Wayne Penniman, better known as Little Richard, born on December 5, 1932 in Macon, Georgia.
With his piano-pounding performances, wild vocals, bouffant hair and makeup, Richard burst onto the musical scene in the 1950’s with hit songs such as “Tutti Frutti,” “Long Tall Sally,” “Rip It Up,” “Lucille,” “Jenny Jenny” and “Good Golly, Miss Molly.”
Richard’s music made him one of the world’s most popular acts and leading to his being known as as the king of rock-and-roll.
At the height of his success, Richard gave up his career for Jesus in 1957, but returned in 1964 rocking with a band that included a then-unknown guitarist named Jimi Hendrix.
In 1986, Richard was among the first 10 performers inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
According to TMZ, Richard, considered to be the founding father of rock and roll, died at his home in Tennessee at the age of 87.
Richard’s bass guitarist, Charles Glenn, told TMZ he had been ill for two months.