Little Richard, big personality

By: Meadow Santoriello and Riley Marabello

Early Life

  • Little Richard was born on December 5, 1932
  • Singing gospel music in a church group at age 10
  • Left home as a teenager to go perform

His Influences

  • Elvis Presley
  • Chuck Berry
  • The Beatles inspired him to come back to the music industry

Time Period

  • Started playing rock and roll in the 1950's
  • Signed to RCA's Records in 1951 after winning a local talent contest
  • He is still alive but he may not make music anymore
  • Quit the music industry in 1956
  • Tuttie F

Their Music

  • Began recording songs in 1951
  • Tutti Frutti was on of his best songs
  • Did the style of music called rock and roll
  • His voice was the loudest
  • His clothes were the flashiest
  • Nonsensical lyrics that were sung in a screaming manor
  • went on a comeback tour and headlined with The Beatles and Rolling Stones
  • his rock and roll was called spine-tingling

Interesting Facts

  • Was in influence on Mick Jagger and Jimi Hendrix
  • Ended his career when he almost died in a plane accident and became a priest
  • Still living today
  • came back to the music industry after he became a priest
  • Was one of 12 children
  • Rock and roll music to him was boogie-woogie music mixed with blues
  • His full name is Richard Wayne Penniman
  • Was put into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986
  • By 1968 he sold over 32 million records internationally

Works Cited

"Little Richard." Compton's by Britannica. 01 Aug. 2011: n.p. SIRS Discoverer. Web. 08 Feb. 2016.

Brennan, Shawn. "Little Richard." World Book Student. World Book, 2016. Web. 12 Feb. 2016.

https://rockhall.com/inductees/little-richard/bio/

“Little Richard.” SIRS Knowledge Source. 2016. Proquest. SIRS Decades. Web. 17 February. 2016.