Legal name: Richard Wayne Penniman


Richard Wayne Penniman (December 5, 1932 – May 9, 2020), known professionally as Little Richard, was an American singer, pianist, and songwriter. He was an influential figure in popular music and culture for seven decades. Described as the "Architect of Rock and Roll", Richard's most celebrated work dates from the mid-1950s, when his charismatic showmanship and dynamic music, characterized by frenetic piano playing, pounding back beat and powerful raspy vocals, laid the foundation for rock and roll. Richard's innovative emotive vocalizations and uptempo rhythmic music played a key role in the formation of other popular music genres, including soul and funk. He influenced singers and musicians across musical genres from rock to hip hop; his music helped shape rhythm and blues for generations.

"Tutti Frutti" (1955), one of Richard's signature songs, became an instant hit, crossing over to the pop charts in the United States and the United Kingdom. His next hit single, "Long Tall Sally" (1956), hit No. 1 on the Billboard Rhythm and Blues Best-Sellers chart, followed by a rapid succession of fifteen more in less than three years. In 1962, after a five-year period during which Richard abandoned rock and roll music for born-again Christianity, concert promoter Don Arden persuaded him to tour Europe. During this time, the Beatles opened for Richard on some tour dates.

Richard is cited as one of the first crossover black artists, reaching audiences of all races. His music and concerts broke the color line, drawing black and white people together despite attempts to sustain segregation. Many of his contemporaries, including Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Bill Haley, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Everly Brothers, Gene Vincent, Pat Boone, and Eddie Cochran, recorded covers of his works.

Richard was honored by many institutions. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of its first group of inductees in 1986. He was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He was the recipient of Lifetime Achievement Awards from The Recording Academy and the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. In 2015, Richard received a Rhapsody & Rhythm Award from the National Museum of African American Music. "Tutti Frutti" was included in the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress in 2010, which stated that his "unique vocalizing over the irresistible beat announced a new era in music".

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1957Here’s Little RichardLittle Richard4.258
1958Little RichardLittle Richard / Buck Ram1
1958Little Richard (Volume 2)Little Richard54
1958The Fabulous Little RichardLittle Richard56
1960Pray Along With Little Richard Vol. 1: I'll Never Walk AloneLittle Richard1
1960Pray Along With Little Richard Vol. 2: I Believe...Little Richard2
1961It's Real: The King of the Gospel SingersLittle Richard3
1964Little Richard Is Back (And There’s a Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On!)Little Richard2
1964Little Richard SingsLittle Richard / Brock Peters2
1965Little Richard, the Most Dynamic Entertainer of the Generation: His Greatest HitsLittle Richard7
1966The Wild & Frantic Little RichardLittle Richard52
1967The Explosive Little RichardLittle Richard56
1970The Rill ThingLittle Richard4.55
1971Mr. BigLittle Richard1
1971King of Rock and RollLittle Richard42
1971Well Alright!Little Richard43
1972The Second ComingLittle Richard42
1973Right Now!Little Richard1
197620 Super Hits (1976 rerecordings)Little Richard33
1979God's Beautiful CityLittle Richard3
1986Lifetime FriendLittle Richard53
1992Little Richard Meets Masayoshi TakanakaLittle Richard & Masayoshi Takanaka3
1992Shake It All AboutLittle Richard1
2020Southern ChildLittle Richard2
Blue Suede ShoesLittle Richard1

Album + Compilation

1960His Biggest HitsLittle Richard1
1963Little Richard Sings GospelLittle Richard1
1968Little Richard's Grooviest 17 Original Hits!Little Richard1
1970Rock Hard Rock HeavyLittle Richard1
1971The Great OnesLittle Richard1
1972Friends From the BeginningLittle Richard & Jimi Hendrix8
1975The Best of... Little RichardLittle Richard1
1979King Of RockLittle Richard1
1981Little Richard / Chubby Checker (La grande storia del rock)Little Richard / Chubby Checker1
1981Little Richard / Jimmy Reed / Solomon King / The Temptations / Dave "Baby" Cortez (La grande storia del rock)Little Richard / Jimmy Reed / Solomon King / The Temptations / Dave "Baby" Cortez1
1982Architect of RockLittle Richard1
1982Gene Vincent & Be-Bop-A-Lula / Little Richard (La grande storia del rock)Gene Vincent / Little Richard1
1982Little Richard / Gladys Knight & The Pips (La grande storia del rock)Little Richard / Gladys Knight & The Pips1
1984His Greatest RecordingsLittle Richard2
198518 Greatest HitsLittle Richard2
1985Early Studio OuttakesLittle Richard2
1985Rock Around the ClockCarl Perkins / Little Richard1
1985The Essential Little RichardLittle Richard3
1985The Georgia Peach (Charly Records)Little Richard1
198622 Classic CutsLittle Richard1
198716 Rock 'N Roll ClassicsLittle Richard1
198722 Greatest HitsLittle Richard1
198720 Greatest HitsLittle Richard1
1987Greatest HitsLittle Richard1
1987Greatest HitsLittle Richard1
1987Greatest HitsLittle Richard1
1987The CollectionLittle Richard1
1988Chubby Checker - Jerry Lee Lewis - Carl Perkins - Little RichardChubby Checker, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Little Richard1
1988Greatest Hits / HighlightsLittle Richard2
1988His BestLittle Richard1
1988King of Rock ’n’ Roll (His 30 Greatest Hits)Little Richard2
1988LucilleLittle Richard2
1988Ritm’O RocksLittle Richard, Carl Perkins, Johnny Winter1
1989The Formative Years 1951-53Little Richard51
1989Good Golly, Miss MollyLittle Richard4
1989Heroes of Rock'n RollLittle Richard1
1989Rock ’n’ Roll «Black»Fats Domino / Little Richard / Chuck Berry1
1989The CollectionLittle Richard1
1989The Specialty Sessions (Specialty version)Little Richard52
1990Good Golly Miss MollyLittle Richard1
1991The Georgia Peach (Specialty)Little Richard1
1991Greatest HitsLittle Richard1
1991Grandes Del Rock’n’RollBill Haley & the Comets, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Carl Perkins y Elvis, Scotty & Bill1
1991The FabulousLittle Richard1
1992Long Tall SallyLittle Richard4
1992His Greatest HitsLittle Richard1
1992The Giants of Rock & Roll, Volume 1Chuck Berry / Jerry Lee Lewis / Bill Haley / Little Richard1
1992The World of Little Richard: Long Tall SallyLittle Richard1
1992The Boy Can't Help ItLittle Richard1
1993Flashin' Little Richard: 25 Alternative TakesLittle Richard1
1993GoldLittle Richard1
1993Greatest Hits (K-tel recordings)Little Richard1
1993King of Rock'n RollLittle Richard1
1994Little RichardLittle Richard1
1994Little RichardLittle Richard1
1994Ooh My Soul!Little Richard1
1994The Great Little RichardLittle Richard1
1995Greatest Songs: Legendary Artist SeriesLittle Richard1
1995Little Richard Sings the GospelLittle Richard1
1996Jazz & Blues Collection 57: Little RichardLittle Richard1
1996Little Richard, Vol. 2: Shag On Down By The Union HallLittle Richard1
1996Le Meilleur De Little RichardLittle Richard1
1997The Preacher King of Rock'n' RollLittle Richard3
1997Forever ClassicLittle Richard1
1998The Musketeers of Rock & RollJerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard & Chuck Berry1
1998Rip It Up: The Best OfLittle Richard1
1998The Best of Little RichardLittle Richard1
1998The Best of Little Richard (K-tel recordings)Little Richard1
1999The Original British Hit SinglesLittle Richard1
1999God Is RealLittle Richard1
1999Good Golly!Little Richard1
1999Rock’n Roll HighlightsFats Domino / Little Richard1
1999Tutti FruttiLittle Richard1
2000The Kings of Rock 'n' RollLittle Richard / Jerry Lee Lewis2
2000The Very Best Of The Vee Jay Years Vol. 1Little Richard1

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