Singer. Born Richard Wayne Penniman, the third of twelve children. His first name was supposed to have been Ricardo, but an error resulted in Richard instead. His initial musical influence was gospel. He attended Hudson High School and joined teaching band. In 1947 he was overheard sing at Macon City Auditorium and was asked to open the show that day, which he did. Thanks to Sister Rosetta Tharpe this is what started him on his road to a very successful career. Richard got his nickname from Buster Brown when he joined his orchestra in 1950. His first of many recording contracts was with RCA Victor. With no successful recordings at RCA his next label was Specialty where he recorded his hit "Tutti Frutti." Penniman's first album, Here's Little Richard, was released by Specialty in May 1957. During the middle of the tour in 1957 he shocked the public by announcing he was following a life in the ministry because of things that had happened in his life. Good Golly, Miss Molly was also recorded while he was with Specialty. He did several foreign tours during his career and made several recordings for animated films. He appeared on TV, film, and tracks with other artists, including Jon Bon Jovi, Elton John and Solomon Burke. In 1992 he released his final album, Little Richard Meets Masayoshi Takanaka. He recorded 26 albums and appeared in 26 films, animated films and television shows. He recorded on 12 different labels.
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