Little Richard Wiki, Bio, Health, Dead, Gay and Net Worth

As wiki, Richard Wayne Penniman who is popularly by his stage name “Little Richard” is an American songwriter, musician and a recording artist. He was born on December 5, 1932 in Macon, Georgia and his current age is 82. His height 1.77m and ethnicity is African-American. His father was Charles “Bud” Penniman who was a church deacon and sold bootlegged moonshine too and even owned a nightclub whereas his mother was Leva Mae who was a member of Macon’s New Hope Baptist Church. His parents are already dead. His name was initially decided as “Ricardo” but an error resulted in Richard instead. He and is siblings were raised up in a neighbourhood called Pleasant Hill. He was nicknamed by his family as “Lil” because o his skinny and small frame. His initial musical influences were gospel performers like Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Brother Joe May, Mahalia Jackson and Marion Wlliams. He attended Macon’s Hudson High School where he was not a good level student. But when he learned to play The alto saxophone, everybody knew his talent in music. He obtained a part time job at Macon City Auditorium for local gospel and secular concert.

An inspiring figure in popular music for more than six decades, Richard’s most celebrated work dates from the mid-1950s was just when his dynamic music and showmanship laid him the foundation for rock and roll. His music played a vital role in forming other popular forms of music genres that includes funk and soul. He influenced high number of musicians and singers across musical genres from rock to hip hop. His music made impact on the blues and rhythm era for future generations and his performances made thrust his career right into the mix of American popular music. Richard has always been honored by many institutions that include inductions into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He received ‘Lifetime Achievement Awards’ from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation and The Recording Academy. His song called “Tutti Frutti” was also included in the Library of Congress’ because of his unique vocal. The ‘National Museum of American History and Culture’ also honored Richard for his important role in the formation of popular music genres and also in helping American culture in music forever.

Richard had a romantic relationship with his girlfriend, Audrey Robinson who was a 16 years school student but when Richard claimed that he invited other men to have sex wit her in group, she denied it and the relationship ended. Later, Robinson became a striper with her new name Lee Angel. Rihard met his only wife Ernestine Campbell. They were found dating the same year and married in July 1959. Initially, the relationship was going good but unfortunately ended in divorce. It was supposedly because of Richard’s celebrity status. Later, Richard adopted a one-year-old boy named Danny Jones from a church. He has no other children. He is not a gay.

He has an estimated net worth of $40 million dollars. He has gained his net worth with his remarkable unique voice, songs and musical biography. He has a high number of fans and followers in his social sites like Facebook, Instagram and twitter. But because of his old age, he has some health issues nowadays.