American musician Richard Penniman, known worldwide by his stage name, Little Richard, and considered one of the great pioneers of rock, he has died at 87 years of age, as confirmed by his relatives to the magazine Rolling Stone.
Richard, born in Macon, Georgia, in 1932, broke into stardom through the mixing of gospel and the R&B to shape a fast, electric sound.
Leaves behind immortal rhythms like Tutti Frutti or Long Tall Sally in two years of splendor (1956 and 1957) that earned him as a promoter of this sound, which would expand over the next decades.
Richard is credited as influencing in international movements like British rock from The Beatles and Rolling Stones, and during his career he was accompanied by figures of Jimi Hendrix’s caliber.
His songs met versions from a whole spectrum of artists, from the Everly Brothers, the Kinks and the Creedence Clearwater Revival to Elvis Costello and the Scorpions.