The Personal Life of Little Richard
Biography of Little RichardLittle Richard is a famous American singer, pianist and composer, who has long been rightfully called one of the founders of rock and roll. His fiery dance compositions “Tutti Frutti”, “Lucille”, “Long Tall Sally”, as well as many, many others, have long since become a true classic of this musical style. These songs are forever. That is why the name of our today's hero will forever remain among the best musicians of that glorious generation.
The early years, childhood and the family of Little RichardRichard Wayne Penniman, later known as Little Richard, was born on December 5, 1932 in the small town of Macon (Georgia). His parents, as well as numerous brothers and sisters were among the most ardent supporters of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, and therefore religion has always been an important part of the life of this family. I enjoyed attending church masses and our today's hero. During such performances of the local religious choir, he certainly was in the forefront, and therefore he always sang along with the local music team.So, the passion for music of the great black musician began with the church masses and songs of the parish choir. He loved gospel music (gospel music), boogie-woogie, rhythm and blues. Outside the church walls, his favorite musicians were Billy Wright and Roy Brown.
Singer Little Richard in his youth
Because of the rather disastrous situation of the family, the parents of Little Richard have always been against his passion for music. Insisting that the guy chose a more mundane profession for themselves, they did not deny themselves any means. But the pressure of parents in the end did not bring tangible fruits.Our today's hero was not able to give up music lessons, and therefore at one fine moment, because of the pressure of his parents, he simply left his native home.
So, at thirteen, Little Richard was on the street, however, despite this, his wanderings were short-lived. One day, he was picked up by a childless white couple, who gave him shelter and hope for the future. By a happy coincidence, the new parents of Little Richard owned a music club, and therefore, along with the new family, the musician also received a platform for performances.
Little Richard - Tutti-frutti
Star Trek singer Little RichardIn the early fifties, our today's hero performed with various musical groups. As a rule, these were blues ensembles, and therefore Little Richard's rock and roll compositions did not enjoy great success with the public. The guy usually spoke during intermissions and warming up, and therefore remained little known to the general public.
That all changed in 1955, when the black musician managed to interest the Los Angeles record company Specialty Records in his services. On their technical base the first single of the musician was recorded - “Tutti Frutti”. As a result, it was this composition that brought Little Richard a huge success. He began touring frequently, performing and working in the studio. The first hit was followed by others, and therefore soon the fiery and a little weird songs of the artist were sung by the whole huge country.
In 1957, our today's hero released his first album “Here’s Little Richard”, which instantly became a real hit. Many of the compositions presented on this disc, in a matter of days, reached the first lines of the American, English and Australian charts. However, surprisingly, it was at this moment that the talented musician decided to leave the stage.
Little Richard - Good Golly Miss Molly
Little Richard decided to return to the world of popular music only in 1962. At this point, he took part in a concert tour of Europe, and then also began recording new albums. He never left the music again.
During his career, our today's hero recorded material for fifteen studio albums, which were subsequently sold worldwide in millions of copies. In 1986, his name was included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Subsequently, a film about the artist’s life was made (2000 onwards) and a book was written.
Little Richard today
The legend of rock and roll Little Richard continues to perform until now