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Also Known As: Richard W Penniman, Richard Penniman, Richard Penniman, Little Richard And His Band Died:
Born: December 5, 1932 Cause of Death:
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One of the key figures in the creation of rock and roll as a modern art form, Little Richard was also one of its most energetic and outrageous performers, and for a brief time, one of the most successful African-American artists in music history. Like Ray Charles before him, Richard brought the devotional intensity of his gospel upbringing to raucous R&B tunes like "Tutti Frutti," "Long Tall Sally," "Slippin' and Slidin'" and "Good Golly, Miss Molly," but added a layer of unbridled sexual heat to the material that proved irresistible to both black and white audiences of the 1950s. From 1957 to 1959, he was on par with such titans as Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry, but a conflict of faith forced him to abandon stardom for an evangelical life. Richard would spend much of the next four decades vacillating between his spiritual callings while struggling to rein in personal demons, but his early music would inspire countless performers to launch their own rock and R&B careers, from James Brown and Otis Redding, to Bruce Springsteen, Elton John and Michael Jackson. Often imitated but never surpassed, Little Richard was a living musical icon whose songs helped to define one of the most significant musical...

One of the key figures in the creation of rock and roll as a modern art form, Little Richard was also one of its most energetic and outrageous performers, and for a brief time, one of the most successful African-American artists in music history. Like Ray Charles before him, Richard brought the devotional intensity of his gospel upbringing to raucous R&B tunes like "Tutti Frutti," "Long Tall Sally," "Slippin' and Slidin'" and "Good Golly, Miss Molly," but added a layer of unbridled sexual heat to the material that proved irresistible to both black and white audiences of the 1950s. From 1957 to 1959, he was on par with such titans as Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry, but a conflict of faith forced him to abandon stardom for an evangelical life. Richard would spend much of the next four decades vacillating between his spiritual callings while struggling to rein in personal demons, but his early music would inspire countless performers to launch their own rock and R&B careers, from James Brown and Otis Redding, to Bruce Springsteen, Elton John and Michael Jackson. Often imitated but never surpassed, Little Richard was a living musical icon whose songs helped to define one of the most significant musical genres in history.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Mystery, Alaska (1999) Himself
2.
 Why Do Fools Fall in Love? (1998) Himself
3.
4.
 Late Shift, The (1996) Himself
5.
 Pickle, The (1993) President
6.
 Last Action Hero (1993) Himself (Cameo Appearance)
7.
 Sunset Heat (1992)
9.
 Purple People Eater (1988) Mayor
10.
 Goddess of Love, The (1988) Alphonso
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