Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
-- inducted 1986
Little Richard with
Richard De La Font
Richard the Originator, the Emancipator and the Architect of Rock and
Exploding into the American consciousness in the
mid-50's..."awop-bop-a-loo-mop-alop-bam-boom" ...he single-handedly laid the
foundation and established the rules for a new musical form: rock and roll.
Born and raised in Macon, Georgia, Richard Wayne Penniman began singing
in his local church choir while still a youngster. He signed with RCA Records in 1951
after winning a talent contest and released two singles.
Returning to his job washing dishes in a Greyhound bus station, Richard
sent a demo to Specialty Records, a fledgling Los Angeles label. The song, "Tutti
Frutti," was his catalyst for success and led to an uninterrupted run of smash hits:
"Tutti Frutti," "Long Tall Sally," "Rip It Up,"
"Lucille," "Jenny, Jenny," "Keep A Knockin'," "Good
Golly, Miss Molly" and "Ooh, My Soul." By 1968 Little Richard
had sold more than 32 million records internationally.
When Little Richard left the industry spotlight for a
self-imposed hiatus at the peak of his career, he remained in the consciousness of the
legions of fans worldwide who confidently awaited his return. In 1985, he charged back
onto the scene with rave reviews for a memorable appearance in the box office smash
"Down and Out in Beverly
Hills," which also launched his hit single, "Great
Gosh A Mighty."
Richard was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
in 1986 and began a series of performances and appearances which have since surpassed his
earlier success, encompassing recording projects, television, film, soundtracks and
He was honored with a star on the world-renowned Hollywood Walk
of Fame in 1990. In 1993, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award
from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. The following year he accepted
the Rhythm & Blues Foundation's prestigious Pioneer Award. In 1997 He
was presented with the distinguished Award of Merit at the American Music
Awards in recognition of his contributions to and powerful influence on the music world.
Driven by a hard-to-match energy which lends credence to his "wild
man of rock and roll" image, Little Richard continues to make his
mark on music history, delighting fans worldwide with his unique blend of music, humor and
Career recognition events --
- Songwriters Hall of Fame - 2003
- BMI Icon Award - 2002
- National Association for the Advancement of Colored
People (NAACP) Hall of Fame - 2002
- American Music Awards - Award of Merit - 1997
- Rhythm & Blues Foundation Pioneer Award - 1994
- National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS)
- Lifetime Achievement Award - 1993
- Hollywood Walk of Fame - 1990
- Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - 1986
Hit songs include --
- Long Tall Sally
- Rip It Up
- Jenny, Jenny
- Keep A Knockin'
- Slippin' and Slidin' (Peepin' and Hidin')
- Tutti Frutti
- Send Me Some Lovin'
- Good Golly, Miss Molly
- Miss Ann
- The Girl Can't Help It
- Ready Teddy
- She's Got It
- Baby Face
- I Don't Know What You've Got But It's Got Me
- All Around The World
- Ooh! My Soul
- True, Fine Mama
- Freedom Blues
- Poor Dog (Who Can't Wag His Own Tail)
Little Richard may be available for your next special event!
.Rock & Roll.
.New Orleans R&B.
..50s, ..60s, ..70s, ..80s, ..90s, ..00s, ..10s
Born: ..in Georgia
Dec 5, 1932
Based: ..in California
..in Los Angeles