Little Richard, Rock ‘n’ Roll Pioneer, Dies At 87

Richard Penniman, better known as Little Richard, one of the chief architects of rock ‘n’ roll is dead.

Richard reportedly died Saturday after battling bone cancer at age 87.

Little Richard, was an American singer, songwriter, and musician. An influential figure in popular music and culture for seven decades, his most celebrated work dates from the mid-1950s, when his charismatic showmanship and dynamic music, characterized by frenetic piano playing, pounding back beat and raspy shouted vocals, laid the foundation for rock and roll, leading him to be given the nickname “The Innovator, The Originator, and The Architect of Rock and Roll”. Penniman’s innovative emotive vocalizations and uptempo rhythmic music also played a key role in the formation of other popular music genres, including soul and funk, respectively. He influenced numerous singers and musicians across musical genres from rock to hip hop; his music helped shape rhythm and blues for generations to come.

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