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Little Richard

Born: 1932 AD
Currently alive, at 88 years of age.
Nationality: American
Categories: Pianists, Singer, Songwriter

1932 – He was born Richard Wayne Penniman on the 5th day of this year in Macon, Georgia.


1951 – He began his recording this year. ‘The Prince of the Blues’, Little Richard had recorded songs for the Peacock Records label between this year until 1954, including "Little Richard’s Boogie.


1952 – His father was murdered. After this, he returned to Macon and performed blues and boogie-woogie music at the "Tick Tock Club" in the evening, whilst also washing dishes at the cafeteria of a Greyhound Lines bus station during the day.


1955 – An early pioneer of rock and roll music, Penniman’s reputation rests primarily on a string of groundbreaking hit singles from this year  through 1957, such as "Tutti Frutti" and "Long Tall Sally", which helped lay the foundation for rock and roll music.


1956 – The Cashbox awarded Little Richard the Cashbox Triple Crown Award for "Long Tall Sally".


1957 – He quit the music business this year, while on tour in Australia, claiming he had been warned of his own damnation in a vision.


1962 – He was invited to tour Europe. He took a young Billy Preston with him on the road as past of his band. They intended on performing only Gospel music, but were lured into started performing his old, secular hits.


1963 – His opening band was another young band, the Rolling Stones. This year, Little Richard then introduced another then-unknown artist, Jimi Hendrix, as part of his band.


1969 – Elvis Presley told Little Richard, "Your music has inspired me – you are the greatest.


1977 – Following the death of a nephew that he loved like a son, Little Richard returned to the ministry, this time for the Universal Remnant Church of God. During this time, he traveled and preached to hundreds of thousands of people, and recorded more gospel music.


1989 – He appeared on Color’s "Elvis Is Dead", and recorded new tracks for tribute albums, such as Folkways: A Vision Shared "The Rock Island Line" this year.


1990 – Little Richard was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


2002 – He recorded Kindred Spirits: A Tribute to Johnny Cash "Get Rhythm" BMI, during the 50th Annual BMI Pop Awards celebration, Little Richard, along with Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry, were awarded the first BMI Icon Awards in recognition of their “unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.


2003 – He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.


2004 – The  Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Little Richard #8 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.