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Little Richard

Richard Wayne Penniman, better known as Little Richard, the self-proclaimed "Architect of Rock 'n' Roll", traveled in his early days with the legendary vaudeville star Spencer "Snake" Anthony. One of Richard's early bands had the young, then unknown singer James Brown (the Godfather of Soul), a fourteen-year-old keyboardist named Billy Preston, and the famous and legendary rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix. His first recording session took place at WGST in Atlanta, Georgia, USA; he was backed by a local band led by Billy Wright. This session produced a local hit called "Every Hour" which enjoyed heavy airplay on Atlanta's WERD radio station which was the first completely Black-owned radio station in the United States. Little Richard was backed up by his idol Billy Wright, once referred to him as the most fantastic entertainer he had ever seen. Indeed, it was Wright who used a brand of makeup called Pancake 31.Little Richard admitted to copying Wright's penchant for heavy makeup and wild stage theatrics. With a public persona and personal life marked by sexual ambiguity, he would make his mark with later hits such as the suggestive "Tutti Frutti" and "Good Golly Miss Molly". Unbeknownst to many fans, Richard overcame a debilitating drug habit and eventually became an ordained minister. Beginning in the 1980s, he saw a resurgence in his popularity as he acquired small acting roles where he impressed fans, old and new, with his unique comedic timing. As versatile and ageless as ever, Little Richard continues to delight fans the world over with his extraordinary stage presence and flamboyant antics. Now inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the American Songwriters Hall of Fame, he remains one of the most popular entertainers in the world.

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Dec 5, 1932 In Macon, Georgia, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series The Beatles 1965-09-25
Latest Project:
Series Better Call Saul 2015-02-08

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Poster of Better Call Saul
Poster of Vegas
Poster of Treme
Poster of The Simpsons
Better Call Saul Unknown 2015-02-08
WPC 56 Unknown 2013-03-18
The Doctor Blake Mysteries Unknown 2013-11-24
The Voice UK Unknown 2012-03-24
Vegas Unknown 2012-09-25
Metal Evolution Unknown 2011-11-11
Treme Unknown 2010-04-11
So You Think You Can Dance Canada Unknown 2008-09-11
Britain's Got Talent Unknown 2007-06-09
Dancing with the Stars Unknown 2005-06-01
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List Unknown 2005-08-03
Strictly Come Dancing Unknown 2004-05-15
Las Vegas Unknown 2003-09-22
Cold Case Unknown 2003-09-28
Top of the Pops Unknown 2002-01-12
Waking the Dead Unknown 2001-06-18
E! Mysteries & Scandals Unknown 1998-03-09
Behind the Music Unknown 1997-08-17
NightMan Unknown 1997-09-30
Les muppets Unknown 1996-03-08
The Drew Carey Show Unknown 1995-09-13
Rock & Roll Self 2 episodes, 1995 1995-09-24
The Beatles Anthology Unknown 1995-11-11
Le Bus magique Unknown 1994-09-10
WWE Raw Unknown 1993-01-11
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Martin Unknown 1992-08-27
Blossom Unknown 1990-07-05
Northern Exposure Unknown 1990-07-12
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures Unknown 1990-09-15
Baywatch Unknown 1989-09-22
Quantum Leap Unknown 1989-03-26
The Simpsons Unknown 1989-12-17
The Wonder Years Unknown 1988-01-31
Full House Unknown 1987-03-10
American Masters Unknown 1986-06-22
Moonlighting Unknown 1985-03-03
Miami Vice Unknown 1984-09-16
Wheel of Fortune Unknown 1983-09-19
Cheers Unknown 1982-09-30
WKRP in Cincinnati Unknown 1978-09-18
Columbo Unknown 1971-03-01
Sesame Street Unknown 1969-07-21
The Beatles Unknown 1965-09-25