Little Richard, 'architect' of rock 'n' roll, dies at 87

Music 10/05/2020

Little Richard, the self-proclaimed "architect of rock'n'roll" died on Saturday at the age of 87. 

"Little Richard died in Tullahoma, Tennessee of bone cancer. He was loved by his family and adored by millions," his family said in a statement through their lawyer, Bill Sobel.

Little Richard, born Richard Penniman, was known for his skills on the piano and his distinctive vocals, as well as fashion choices and energetic personality on-stage.

With electrifying 1950s hits such as 'Tutti Frutti' and 'Long Tall Sally', his music was credited as an influence in bringing the young black and white fans together during USA's segregated society.

"I've always thought that rock 'n' roll brought the races together," Little Richard once told an interviewer. "Although I was black, the fans didn't care. I used to feel good about that."

Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, James Brown, Otis Redding, David Bowie and Rod Stewart all cited Little Richard as an influence.

The singer was said to have been sick for two months, and died surrounded by his brother, sister and son according to sources at TMZ.