Richard Wayne Penniman

[Little Richard]

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Richard Wayne Penniman (born December 5, 1932), known by the stage name Little Richard, is an American pianist, singer and songwriter whose hit songs of the mid-1950s, were defining moments in the development of rock and roll music. Penniman's screaming vocals, frenetic piano playing and flamboyant showmanship inspired a number of performers in various genres. Penniman's hits such as "Tutti ... more »

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  • ''They shoulda called me Little Cocaine, I was sniffing so much of the stuff! My nose got big enough to back a diesel truck in, unload it, and drive it right out again.''
    Little Richard (b. 1932), U.S. rock'n'roll musician. quoted in Charles White, The Life and Times of Little Richard, pt. 4 (1984).
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