Little Richard, the electrifying and flaming showman whose famous tunes helped impel the explosion of rock ‘n’ roll. Throughout his life, he influenced innumerable musicians, has died. He was 87.
Pastor Bill Minson, a close friend of the rocker, sadly announced that he died Saturday morning. His son, Danny Jones Penniman, also confirmed Richard’s death, which was first reported by Rolling Stone.
Bill Sobel, Little Richard’s lawyer for more than three decades, confirmed us. In an email that claims, the musician died of bone cancer at a family home in Tullahoma, Tenn.
“He wasn’t only an iconic and legendary musician, but he was also a sort , empathetic and insightful person ,” Sobel said.
The performer had been in declining health for years. He suffered a heart attack in 2013. While six years earlier, while still traveling, he required the assistance of a helper and a cane to reach the stage.
Little Richard’s influence in popular music genre is nearly incalculable. His primacy reflected in his composition among the very first group of inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. He is an inspiration.
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“Little Richard? That’s rock ‘n’ roll,” Neil Young, who heard Richard’s riffs on the radio in Canada, told biographer Jimmy McDonough. “Little Richard was great on every record.”
Only Berry could also credibly claim to being the primary to transcend the color barrier among fans of early rock ‘n’ roll. But while Berry’s influence was largely contained to subsequent rock and blues performers, Little Richard also counted devotees who went on to form their mark in soul and modern R&B.
Kelvin Holly, Little Richard’s longtime guitarist, paid tribute to him on Instagram.
Following the height of his rock ‘n’ roll career, Little Richard became an ordained minister and released a gospel album called God Is Real.
Musicians and other celebrities paid tribute to Little Richard on Twitter after Rolling Stone broke the news of his death Saturday morning.
The news is saddening. The musician has been an inspiration for many.