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  • Little Richard was most famous for playing piano.
  • Little Richard helped introduce the world to the musician Jimi Hendrix by adding him to his band in 1964. Two years later, Hendrix once said, "I want to do with my guitar what Little Richard does with his voice."
  • Richard's 1956 song, "Long Tall Sally" went to #6 on the charts, and was the highest any of his songs would reach.
  • Little Richard was on tour in Australia in 1957, where he says he was warned of his damnation in a vision. Because of this, he chose to quit the music business and became a minister.
  • Little Richard grew up in a very religious family, and according to Richard himself, singing helped him feel closer to God.
  • He was most famous when he started recording in 1955 until he left in 1957 for the ministry. During the time he was recording, he recorded a mix of boogie-woogie, rhythm and blues and gospel music.
  • Ray Charles once said Little Richard was "the man that started a kind of music that set the pace for a lot of what's happening today."
  • James Brown once called Little Richard his idol, and credited him for "first putting the funk in the rock and roll beat."
  • Although he is most famous with playing piano, Little Richard can also play the keyboard and guitar.
  • Little Richard appeared in two 1956 movies, Don't Knock the Rock and The Girl Can't Help It.
  • From the 1990s even to today, Little Richard has recorded duets with Jon Bon Jovi, Hank Williams Jr., Living Color, Elton John, Tanya Tucker, Solomon Burke, and Jerry Lee Lewis.
  • Mick Jagger once commented Little Richard by saying "Little Richard is King."
  • Elvis Presley once said to Little Richard, "Your music has inspired me - you are the greatest."
  • Because of his loud, screaming singing voice, Little Richard's siblings often referred to him as "War Hawk."
  • During the 50th Annual BMI Pop Awards Celebration in 2002, Little Richard, along with Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley, was awarded the first ever BMI Icon Awards. They were awarded for their "unique and idelible influence on generations of music makers."
  • Little Richard may have been one of the most influential rock and roll musicians, however, not one of his songs ever made it to number one.
  • Little Richard was ranked #8 in Rolling Stone Magazine's list of 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. However, most of the artists ranked higher than him were actually inspired by Richard's music.
  • Little Richard was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003.
  • He was the forth artist to be recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Pioneer Award by the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. Artists to be recognized before him were Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, and James Brown.
  • Little Richard was one of the first artists to ever be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  • Little Richard was awarded the Cashbox Triple Crown Award for his song "Long Tall Sally" in 1956.
  • Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis sang Little Richard's song "Good Golly Miss Molly" for Lewis' 2006 album, Last Man Standing.
  • By the end of the 1950s, Little Richard had quit rock and roll to become a minister.
  • Little Richard was recently featured in a 2006 Geico commercial.
  • Little Richard's song Googd Golly, Miss Molly is ranked #74 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Rock & Roll.
  • Included in numerous Rolling Stone lists, Penniman's Here's Little Richard was ranked fifty on the magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time

50s, 60s Hits

Good Golly Miss Molly
Keep A Knockin'
Long Tall Sally
Tutti Frutti

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