MACON, Ga. (WJW) — Rock & Roll legend Little Richard has passed away at 87.
His son, Danny Penniman, confirmed the news to Rolling Stone magazine Saturday morning.
Little Richard was born on December 5, 1932 in Macon, Georgia and rose to fame in the 1950s.
He had several top 10 hits throughout his career including “Tutti Frutti,” “Long Tall Sally” and “Rip It Up” in 1956, “Lucille” in 1957, and “Good Golly Miss Molly” in 1958.
With a background in rhythm and blues, gospel training and church-sponsored piano lesson, Little Richard brought a unique sound to rock music that inspired musicians for decades.
His style heavily influenced music as several artists have covered his songs over the years; The Beatles even recorded some of them.
Although he never won a competitive Grammy, he did receive the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1993, one year after releasing his final studio album.
He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame CEO Greg Harris released the following statement on Little Richard’s passing to FOX 8:
Inductee Little Richard ripped-up the Fifties. His unrestrained musicality and charismatic persona created a rock & roll blueprint followed by generations. Songs like “Tutti Frutti,” “Long Tall Sally” and “Good Golly, Miss Molly” were amplified by Richard’s rockin’ piano, rolling rhythms and an electric stage presence. His sound and style were the cornerstones of rock & roll, and his outrageousness and rebellious spirit challenged the world to change.
The Rock Hall has lowered its flags in tribute to Little Richard. He will be honored in the Rock Hall’s in memoriam, which will be viewable when the Museum reopens.
Meantime, fans can watch a tribute video on the Rock Hall’s website.