45 Facts About Little Richard

1. Little Richard was ranked eighth on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

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2. Little Richard appeared in person to receive an honorary degree from his hometown's Mercer University on May 11, 2013.

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3. Little Richard received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation in 1994.

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4. Little Richard was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, being a member of the initial class of inductees chosen for that honor.

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5. Bruno Mars admitted Little Richard was one of his earliest influences.

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6. Little Richard was referred to as Lou Reed's rock and roll hero, deriving inspiration from "the soulful, primal force" of the sound made by Little Richard and his saxophonist on "Long Tall Sally.

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7. Little Richard was an early vocal influence on Rod Stewart.

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8. Little Richard was quoted in 1966 saying, "I want to do with my guitar what Little Richard does with his voice.

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9. Little Richard might come out and walk on the piano.

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10. Little Richard was cited by two of soul music's pioneers, Otis Redding and Sam Cooke, as contributing to that genre's early development.

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11. In 2007, Little Richard was having problems walking due to sciatica in his left leg, requiring him to use crutches.

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12. Little Richard responded by stating: "When I talk to you about [Jesus], I'm not playing.

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13. In 2006, Little Richard wedded twenty couples who won a contest in one ceremony.

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14. Little Richard represented Memorial Bibles International and sold their Black Heritage Bible, which highlighted the Book's many black characters.

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15. Little Richard took part in Macon's Pentecostal churches, which were his favorites mainly due to their music, charismatic praise, dancing in the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues.

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16. Little Richard was a heavy alcohol user and cigarette smoker during the mid-1960s.

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17. In 1995, Little Richard told Penthouse that he always knew he was gay, saying "I've been gay all my life".

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18. Little Richard said he wanted seven boys, and I had spoiled it, because I was gay.

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19. Little Richard recorded a rock and roll version of "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" that year that led to a deal with Disney Records, resulting in the release of a hit 1992 children's album, Shake It All About.

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20. In 1990, Little Richard contributed a spoken-word rap on Living Colour's hit song, "Elvis Is Dead", from their album Time's Up.

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21. In 1989, Little Richard provided rhythmic preaching and background vocals on the extended live version of the U2–B.

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22. Little Richard charted for other independent labels, including Green Mountain Records, for which he recorded "In the Middle of the Night"; the proceeds were donated to victims charity of tornadoes that had caused damage in 12 states.

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23. In 1973, Little Richard made a spectacular contribution to the critically acclaimed documentary "Let The Good Times Roll", and he was given a full album side in a two-disc soundtrack album from the film, which charted.

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24. Little Richard signed with Reprise Records in 1970, releasing the album The Rill Thing, which included the chart-making singles "Freedom Blues" and "Greenwood, Mississippi".

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25. Little Richard was a featured guest on the Monkees TV special 33⅓ Revolutions per Monkee broadcast in April, 1969.

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26. Little Richard often performed in dingy clubs and lounges with little support from his label.

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27. Little Richard left that label in early 1966 for Okeh Records.

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28. Around this time, Little Richard began recording gospel for George Goldner's End Records, traveling to New York City to record 19 traditional gospel tunes, yielding a couple of singles and a barrage of low-budget albums.

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29. In October 1957, Little Richard embarked on a package tour in Australia with Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran.

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30. Little Richard scored further hit singles such as "Good Golly, Miss Molly", eventually scoring 18 hit singles in less than three years.

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31. Little Richard began performing on package tours across the United States, often appearing last, where he would steal the show.

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32. Little Richard had a contentious relationship with Robey and soon found himself disenchanted with the record business and with his group, leaving Peacock and disbanding the Tempo Toppers.

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33. Little Richard formed a band called the Tempo Toppers that year and began to perform as part of blues package tours in clubs across the south, such as Club Tijuana in New Orleans and Club Matinee in Houston.

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34. Little Richard left RCA Victor in February 1952 after his records failed to catch on.

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35. Little Richard learned how to play boogie-woogie piano from teenage musician Esquerita around this time.

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36. Little Richard recorded a total of eight sides for RCA Victor, including the blues ballad, "Every Hour", which became his first single and a hit in Georgia.

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37. Little Richard eventually befriended Wright during an Atlanta performance in 1950.

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38. Little Richard was hooked on performing for a living after that.

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39. Little Richard sold Coca-Cola to crowds during concerts of star performers of the day, such as Cab Calloway, Lucky Millinder and his favorite singer, Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

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40. Little Richard had observed that people sang "to feel their connection with God" and to wash their trials and burdens away.

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41. Little Richard enjoyed the Pentecostal churches the most, because of their charismatic worship and live music.

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42. Little Richard was the third of twelve children of Leva Mae and Charles "Bud" Penniman.

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43. Little Richard is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation.

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44. Little Richard was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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45. Little Richard was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of its first group of inductees in 1986.

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