Music Heritage

Little Richard was born Richard Wayne Penniman in Macon, Georgia and grew up singing in church. He began his career in the 1950s, washing dishes in the bus station and performing at night. Soon he had developed his flamboyant act, known for colorful costumes and onstage antics. He is known as much for his stage presence as he is for his musical talent. His hits include both gospel and secular music, including the well-known “Tutti Frutti.” Little Richard has influenced many artists that followed, including Macon’s own Otis Redding.  Most recently, Little Richard was recognized in June 2015 by the National Museum of African American Music for his influence in today’s popular music genres and his role in breaking down the racial barriers in American music.

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