Little Richard, Pioneer Of Rock-N-Roll, Dead At 87

Little Richard, one of the founding fathers of rock-n-roll who broke musical barriers died Sunday. He was 87. Born Richard Wayne Penniman, he had been suffering with bone cancer, according to his son.

Little Richard’s influence was far-reaching. Artists like The Beatles, The Kinks, Bob Dylan, Scorpions, Elvis, CCR, Jerry Lee Lewis and The Everly Brothers have all named Little Richard as an influence on their music.

“Prince is the Little Richard of his generation,” Richard told Joan Rivers in 1989, before looking at the camera and addressing Prince. “I was wearing purple before you was wearing it!”

Read more about Little Richard’s life and musical career here.

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