Little Richard, the “Tutti Frutti legend”, has died on Saturday at 87. His death was confirmed to CNN by his former agent. The rock’n’roll icon’s death is related to bone cancer. He was struggling with this disease for a while, and he knew his days are numbered.
But who was Little Richard?
Richard Wayne Penniman, known as “the architect of rock’n’roll”, was an American singer and pianist whose songs of the mid-1950s defined the development of this music genre.
His career began in the late 1950s when he signed to Specialty Records. After a while, he released some wild and dynamic singles that stroke the music industry such as Tutti Frutti, Long Tall Sally, Rip It Up, The Girl Can’t Help It, among others.
He motivated successful musicians like The Beatles, Elton John, and Elvis Presley. He inspired generations, he changed lives, his songs were described as “holy writs of rock’n’roll”. But, unfortunately, he passed away leaving behind immortal songs, positive vibes and his famous lyric: “A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-wop-bam-boom”
He died peacefully in his Nashville home surrounded by his family. Rest in peace, legend.