Little Richard

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  • Name: Little Richard
  • Born: December 5, 1932 
  • Died: May 9, 2020
  • From: Born in Macon, Georgia
  • Pronouns: He/Him
  • Contribution/Impact: He contributed greatly to popular music, and as such was nicknamed the ‘innovator, the originator, and the Architect of rock and roll.’ In the mid 1950’s, his music was the foundation of rock and roll, with his piano playing, back beats, and shouted vocals. It also influenced other genres, such as soul and funk and rhythm and blues. His performances integrated white Americans and African Americans, and is one of the first crossover artists that reached multiple races. 
  • Occupation: Musician, Singer, Songwriter
  • Known For: Little Richard Sings His Greatest Hits 
  • Awards: Lifetime achievement award from the Recording academy and from Rhythm and blues foundation, award from the National Museum of African American Music for his role in popular genres, also his single “Tutti Frutti” was included in the Library of Congress in 2010. 
  • Interesting Facts: He was inducted in the Rock and roll hall of fame in 1986 as one of the first group of inductees.  

Little Richard was an outstanding musician who was the father of many genres. His music became a model for Rock and Roll, soul, funk, and Rhythm and Blues. His music brought together African Americans and white Americans, crossing the race divide. He was one of the first musicians to do so. He has been inducted into the Rock and Roll hall of fame, as well as the Library of Congress.  

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