Little Richard Passes Away at Age 87

05/09/2020

We are saddened to learn earlier that Little Richard, real name Richard Wayne Penniman, "The Founding Father of Rock & Roll, died at age 87.  His son, Danny Jones Penniman, confirmed his death.  Little Richard's cause of death was bone cancer.  

WWE added this comment: "With a catalog of classics to his credit, including "Good Golly Miss Molly," "Long Tall Sally" and "Tutti Frutti" - memorably covered by Hall of Famer "Mean" Gene Okerlund on "The Wrestling Album"- Little Richard made an indelible mark on the WWE Universe with a stirring performance of "America the Beautiful" at WrestleMania X in Madison Square Garden."

Little Richard's Awards:

  • 1956: He received the Cashbox Triple Crown Award for "Long Tall Sally" in 1956.
  • 1984: He was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.
  • 1986: He was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the initial class of inductees chosen for that honor.
  • 1990: He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 1994: He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation.
  • 1997: He received the American Music Award of Merit.
  • 2002: Along with Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley, he was honored as one of the first group of BMI icons at the 50th Annual BMI Pop Awards.
  • 2002: He was inducted into the NAACP Image Award Hall of Fame.
  • 2003: He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
  • 2006: He was inducted into the Apollo Theater Hall of Fame.
  • 2008: He received a star on Nashville's Music City Walk of Fame.
  • 2009: He was inducted to the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.
  • 2010: He received a plaque on the theater's Walk of Fame.
  • 2015: He was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.
  • 2015: He was inducted into the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame.
  • 2015: He received the Rhapsody & Rhythm Award from the National Museum of African American Music.
  • 2019: He received the Distinguished Artist Award at the 2019 Tennessee Governor's Arts Awards.

Our condolences to the family, friends, and fans.