Little Richard, a founding father of rock & roll whose shrieks, flamboyant attire, and boisterious persona embodied the spirit and sound of that new art form, died today at age 87 after a battle with bone cancer. Little Richard’s son confirmed his death to Rolling Stone.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is remembering the incredible career and legacy of Inductee Little Richard.
“Inductee Little Richard ripped-up the Fifties. His unrestrained musicality and charismatic persona created a rock & roll blueprint followed by generations. Songs like “Tutti Frutti,” “Long Tall Sally” and “Good Golly, Miss Molly” were amplified by Richard’s rockin’ piano, rolling rhythms and an electric stage presence. His sound and style were the cornerstones of rock & roll, and his outrageousness and rebellious spirit challenged the world to change,” Greg Harris, President & CEO of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
The Little Richard tribute video features performance and speaking highlights from his Rock Hall appearances. Below is a video of Roberta Flack’s Induction speech for Little Richard.
You can also view Inductee Little Richard’s Hall of Fame essay from the never-before available 1986 Induction Ceremony program at rockhall.com.
In addition to the above tributes for Little Richard, he is represented in the Rock Hall’s Hall of Fame Gallery and will be added to the Museum’s in memoriam when it reopens. The Museum’s flags are currently lowered to half staff in honor of him.
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