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->''A whop bop-a-lu a whop bam boo!''
-->-- "Tutti Frutti"

An American singer, songwriter and pianist who proclaims himself as "the architect of RockAndRoll". One of the few artists active in TheFifties whose mass popularity approached that of Music/ElvisPresley, Little Richard remains one of the most important figures in the history of rock music, and few would dispute him the title.

Born in 1932 to a gospel-singing family, Richard Wayne Penniman recorded a few minor singles for small independent labels before he was discovered by record producers Art Rupe and Bumps Blackwell, who thought he could be a viable rival to Music/RayCharles. Richard recorded a string of hits, including "Tutti Frutti", "Good Golly Miss Molly" and "Long Tall Sally" and starred in rock and roll films around the same time teenagers were recognised as a whole new demographic. His performances were famously wild and frenetic and his playing style, incorporating boogie-woogie influences, {{Funk}} rhythms and raw, energetic vocals, made Richard a huge hit with his audiences.

Things changed in 1957, when Penniman had a seemingly prophetic dream about the [[ApocalypseHow end of the world]], believed he saw angels carrying a plane he thought was crashing and heard that the Russians had just launched Sputnik. He became convinced that God was telling him to stop playing rock music, so he entered a seminary, became a minister and began recording gospel songs instead. After that, Little Richard oscillated between gospel and his old rock and roll style until he eventually reconciled his roles as a reverend and a rocker.

[[LongRunners And he was still going strong until 2013, when he finally retired.]]

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!!This artist provides examples of:

* AmbiguouslyGay: At least one source says so.
* BiTheWay: Just here to cover all the possible options.
* CampStraight: At least, according to the Other Wiki.
* CoolOldGuy: He's approaching eighty and still sounds as good as he did in the 1950s. [[OlderThanTheyLook Not to mention the man looks damn good for his age.]]
* IAmTheBand
* LongRunners
* LyricalTic: He loves his "Whooooooh!"s and "Ah Hoooooooo!"s
* OlderThanTheyLook: Sure, he got cosmetic surgery, but [[http://www.bing.com/getimage?q=FCLB_9c91b5bb-327f-36c5-cd5f-9d2b55aafd48_2&wf=Genimage it seemed to have went well.]] He pretty much ''defines'' this trope. You would need to see his fucking birth certificate to be convinced he's almost 80.
* TheMoralSubstitute: His gospel recordings, as well as Pat Boone's cover versions of some of his early hits.
* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll: He had a very hard-partying lifestyle in the 1950s, but he obviously stopped later on.
* SignatureStyle: A mixture of boogie-woogie piano playing with funk rhythms and raspy vocals, or alternatively, "[[FamilyGuy piano riff WOO!]]".
* SnakeOilSalesman: He worked for a traveling medicine show when he was a teenager. His job was to scream, sing and leap around the stage to attract a crowd and demonstrate the "results" of the stuff the salesman was pushing.
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: Almost all of his music was twelve-bar blues.

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