Rock legend Richard Wayne Penniman ” known as Little Richard ” has died. He was 87 . He was also called the King Of Rock and the Father of Rock n Roll . “Little Richard is best known for hits “Tutti Frutti” and “Good Golly Miss Molly,” has died. He was 87.
The musician’s manager confirmed his passing to Fox News on Saturday.
“He passed away today. His family was with him,” Dick Alen told us.
The musician’s son, Danny Jones Penniman, also confirmed his death to Rolling Stone, but said the cause of death was unknown.
— 🩸⛓ 𝔟 𝔯 𝔞 𝔱 ⛓🩸 (@_cherub_111) May 9, 2020
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Without a doubt – musically, vocally and visually – he was my biggest influence. Seeing him live in my teens was the most exciting event in my life at that point. Goosebumps, electricity and joy came from every pore. His records still sound fresh and the opening few seconds of “Tutti Frutti” are the most explosive in music history. I was lucky enough to work with him for my “Duets” album in 1993. He was shy and funny and I was SO nervous. The track we recorded “The Power” is a favourite in my catalogue. We also played live at the Beverly Hilton and I felt like I’d died and gone to heaven. He influenced so many and is irreplaceable. A true legend, icon and a force of nature. #RIP Little Richard Love, Elton x #LittleRichard
One of the all-time great clips from Little Richard… pic.twitter.com/O8SArV3rCC
— Childless Gambino (@Mr_Xecutive) May 9, 2020
— Auntie Ari 💚💜💚 (@auraambitions) May 9, 2020
— Price of Reason (@priceoreason) May 9, 2020
With his exuberance, his creativity, and his refusal to be anything other than himself, Little Richard laid the foundation for generations of artists to follow. We are so lucky to have had him. Sending all my love to his family and friends today.
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) May 9, 2020
So sad to hear that my old friend Little Richard has passed. There will never be another!!! He was the true spirit of Rock’n Roll! pic.twitter.com/yU1EJmjejU
— Keith Richards (@officialKeef) May 9, 2020
Little Richard – Good Golly Miss Molly pic.twitter.com/fAjBiPIB8S
— Bowie (@JoeyRamone70s) May 9, 2020
In 1990 when I wrote the Young Guns record, I had the chance to ask some of my heroes to record with me – Elton John, Jeff Beck, and an all star cast came together to have fun and just make music.
One day, Danny Kortchmar, the famed producer said “who else do you know?” pic.twitter.com/BIUuW1MBnU
— Jon Bon Jovi (@jonbonjovi) May 9, 2020
God bless little Richard one of my all-time musical heroes. Peace and love to all his family. 😎✌️🌟❤️🎵🎶💕☮️ pic.twitter.com/H2lzKbX3tm
— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) May 9, 2020
Gone but never forgotten. A rock giant.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) May 9, 2020
So sad Little Richard passed away. He married my husband and I. He was really one of the truely great rock and roll singers and one of the rock and roll pioneers. He will be missed💜🙏🏻🌷
— Cyndi Lauper (@cyndilauper) May 9, 2020
RIP Little Richard the architect of rock n roll.
5 December 1932 – 9 Mei 2020pic.twitter.com/q5h7o6BgOr
— Metal Monolog (@Metal_Monolog) May 9, 2020
Rest In Peace To One Of The True Creators Of Rock And Roll. This Is The Commercial I Directed With Little Richard And Michael Jordan, 1991. pic.twitter.com/51bEV1eYKB
— Spike Lee (@SpikeLeeJoint) May 9, 2020