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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Little Richard Pseudonym of Richard Wayne Penniman. Born 1932. American rock 'n' roll singer. Noted for his flamboyant style, he influenced many artists, among them Elvis Presley and the Beatles.


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  • Of equal significance was the single's impact on a young Georgia singer called Little Richard, who would emulate its sound several years later.

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  • Richard Wayne Penniman (born December 5, 1932), known by the stage name Little Richard, is an American singer, songwriter, pianist and recording artist, considered key in the transition from rhythm and blues to rock and roll in the 1950s.

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  • Asked about some of the other venue's shows, Scott recalls Little Richard as "very laid-back, reserved and soft-spoken in the dressing room, but a crazed wild man onstage."

    Colorado Springs Independent

  • Pictured above is Billy Wright, whose flamboyant act laid the groundwork for later artists such as Little Richard who has named Wright as a major influence.

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  • When talk-show host Don Imus dubbed him "Little Richard," after the rock-and-roll king, for his pompadour, Richard got a haircut the next day.

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  • Fitzgerald, Brown and other stars such as Little Richard and Patti LaBelle.

    --1010 WINS Newswatch Headlines

  • Although Charles performed alongside big names such as Little Richard, the Platters and Chuck Berry on tours in the late 1950s, his own records for Chess, Imperial and Jewel did not sell that well.

    The Guardian World News

  • She’s crammed into a phone booth with musicians such as Little Richard and an actor portraying Beethoven.

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  • On the more up-tempo numbers here, his ardent bawling qualifies as a harbinger of the unhinged but melodic shouting of Little Richard and other early rock-and-rollers who recorded in New Orleans during the 1950s and '60s.

    Album review: "Mama I'll Be Long Gone: The Complete Recordings of Amede Ardoin"

  • As a teen he admired Elvis Presley, Johnny Ray, Hank Williams, and Little Richard, and taught himself to play guitar.

    Peter Dreier: The Political Bob Dylan


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