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Things We Saw Today: RIP Rock n’ Roll Legend Little Richard

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Rock and roll icon and beloved pop culture mainstay Little Richard has passed away at the age of 87 due to bone cancer. The pianist and singer was a legend of the music industry, starting in 1956 with the hit song “Tutti Frutti”. He followed up with several rock and roll classics including “Long Tall Sally”, “Lucille”, and “Good Golly Miss Molly”.

In many ways, Little Richard (born Richard Wayne Penniman) invented the concept of the rock star. With his flamboyant personality, high pompadour, and eye-catching costumes, he brought a larger than life persona to all of his performances. Little Richard was playing with gender and sexuality before either word entered the popular lexicon, paving the way for stars like Prince, Elton John, David Bowie, the Beatles, and countless others.

Little Richard was one of those omnipresent, larger than life celebrities whose appearance just made everything better. Whether he was performing at an awards show or making a cameo in film or TV, you were always excited to see him show up. He instantly raised the energy in any room he entered.

Many fans and friends of the iconic singer took to social media to pay tribute to the self-styled architect of rock and roll:

(via Rolling Stone, image: Angela Deane-Drummond/Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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