One of the pioneers of rock and roll, Little Richard (real name Richard Wayne Pennyman), died in the USA. He was 87 years old.
As Rolling Stone magazine writes on May 9th, information about the musician’s death was confirmed by his son Dani Pennyman, but he did not name the cause. The Guardian notes that in recent years Little Richard was very sick, in particular, he suffered from heart problems.
Little Richard began his career in the 1940s, but success came to him in 1955 after he signed a contract with the studio Specialty Records. At that time he performed such hits as Tutti Frutti, Long Tall Sally, Good Golly Miss Molly, Rip It Up, The Girl Can’t Help It, Lucille and Keep A-Knockin’.
In 1986 the singer was among the first to be included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 1993 he won the Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement.