Little Richard: Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer dies

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Groundbreaking rock and roll singer Little Richard has died at the age of 87, the musician’s family has confirmed.
Little Richard’s hit Good Golly Miss Molly hit the charts in 1958. Other famous songs include Tutti Frutti and Long Tall Sally.
The Beatles, Elton John, and Elvis Presley all called him an influence. The singer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
He died of bone cancer in Tullahoma, Tennessee, his family said.
Little Richard was born Richard Wayne Penniman in 1932.
He had his biggest hits in the 1950s and was known for his lavish performances, screams, raspy voice and flamboyant outfits. He sold over 30 million records worldwide.
Paying tribute after news of his death surfaced, former Beatles drummer Sir Ringo Starr tweeted, “God bless Little Richard, one of my all-time musical heroes.”
Nile Rodgers, the co-founder, said it was “the loss of a real giant,” while Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson said his music would last “forever.”
Richard’s bass guitarist, Charles Glenn, told the news website TMZ that the singer had been sick for two months. He said that Richard died at home, with his brother, sister, and son next to him.
His music was embraced by both black and white fans at a time when parts of the U.S. were still separate, and concerts had a rope running through the center of the auditorium to distribute people by color.

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