Little Richard (1932–2020)

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Richard Wayne Penniman, better known as Little Richard, the self-proclaimed "Architect of Rock 'n' Roll", traveled in his early days with the legendary vaudeville star Spencer "Snake" Anthony. One of Richard's early bands had the young, then unknown singer James Brown (the Godfather of Soul), a fourteen-year-old keyboardist named Billy Preston, ... See full bio »


(age 87) in Tullahoma, Tennessee, USA

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 2022 God Said Give 'Em Drum Machines (Documentary) (music)
 2001 The Trumpet of the Swan (singer)
 1994-1997 The Magic School Bus (TV Series) (performer - 52 episodes)
- Takes a Dive (1997) ... (performer: theme song)
- In the City (1997) ... (performer: theme song)
- Gets Programmed (1997) ... (performer: theme song)
- Gets Charged (1997) ... (performer: theme song)
- Makes a Stink (1997) ... (performer: theme song)
 1994 Food Rocks (Short) (writer: Tutti Frutti - uncredited)
 1990 Status Quo: The Anniversary Waltz - Part One (Music Video) (song: "Lucille")
 1990 Red Pepper (TV Movie) (composer: theme music)
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Other Works:

TV commercial: Charlie Perfume with Cindy Crawford See more »

Publicity Listings:

5 Biographical Movies | 2 Print Biographies | 9 Portrayals | 7 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Alternate Names:

Little Richard and Choir


5' 10" (1.78 m)


Ernestine Campbell  (divorced)  (1 child)

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The band hated that makeup. If we didn't put on makeup, they wouldn't have let us in those white clubs. They figured we weren't gonna bother the white girls. See more »


Was the third born child of Leva Mae Penniman and Charles "Bud" Penniman. See more »


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