Little Richard Dead at the Age of 87

Richard Wayne Penniman, better known as Little Richard, has died at the age of 87.

He was an American singer, songwriter, and musician. He was in movies such as Down and Out in Beverly Hills and Don't Knock the Rock among others.

"Tutti Frutti" (1955), one of Richard's signature songs, became an instant hit, reaching No. 2 on Billboard Rhythm and Blues Best-Sellers chart and crossing over to the pop charts in both the United States and overseas in the United Kingdom.

It reached No. 21 on the U.S. Billboard Top 100 and No. 29 on the UK singles chart.

Richard's next hit single, "Long Tall Sally" (1956), hit No. 1 on the Billboard Rhythm and Blues Best-Sellers chart and No. 13 on the Billboard Top 100 while reaching the top ten in the UK.

He was born on December 5, 1932, in Macon, Georgia.

Penniman's death on May 9, 2020, was announced by his son, Danny Penniman, who said his death was related to bone cancer.

Although Penniman never won a competitive Grammy Award, he received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1993.