I just saw the sad news that Little Richard passed away today at the age of 87. The cause of his death hasn’t been announced.
Born Richard Wayne Penniman in Macon, Ga. on December 5, 1932, Richard was one of my all-time favorite classic rock & roll music artists. In addition to writing and co-writing many rock & roll gems, Richard was an incredibly compelling performer.
Long Tall Sally, co-written with Robert “Bumps” Blackwell and Enotris Johnson, and released in March 1956; and Tutti Frutti, a co-write with Dorothy LaBostrie that appeared in October 1955, are among my favorites.
Little Richard certainly deserves more than just a quick notice and I’m planning to follow this up with a longer post.
Sources: Wikipedia; YouTube