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Little Richard Little Richard changed the face of music and R&B in the mid 1950’s. His electrified voice and amazing piano skills awed the crowds. Little Richard is a great performer and many people love to see him do his thing. Born Richard Wayne Penniman, Little Richard lived with his mom and minister father. He was born on December 5, 1932 in Macon, Georgia. Little Richard had twelve siblings, and with this he didn’t get much personal attention. He had a love for music and singing at a young age. Singing in the church choir, his talent was found and many people realized he had something. Problems at home caused a ruckus and Little Richard left home at thirteen. Ann and Johnny Johnson, a white family who ran the Tick Tock club, adopted Little Richard. He had performed at the club and they felt a connection. In 1956 with the help of many, Little Richard recorded his first hit record “Tutti Frutti.” “In 1956, he recorded the hits "Long Tall Sally," "Slippin' and Slidin'," "Rip It
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Unformatted text preview: Up," and "Ready Teddy." In 1957 came the hits "Lucille," "Jenny, Jenny," and "Keep a Knockin'." Richard's last hit was "Good Golly Miss Molly (World Book 1). Little Richards many hits included both his vocals and mesmerizing piano skills. He composed almost all of his songs. Little Richard stopped producing music in 1957. He, like his birth father became a minister. Later he returned to the music industry and went on tour along with the Rolling Stones and Beatles. From 1975 to 1985 he returned to his ministry and then to show business after that. Little Richard will always have his memories and electrifying vocals. He was a major part of music in the 1950s and he influenced many musicians including Jimi Hendrix and Mick Jagger. Websites Used-
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course HIS 141 taught by Professor Ryan during the Spring '08 term at Rhode Island.

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