Pioneering rock ‘n’ roll singer Little Richard has died at the age of 87, the musician’s family has confirmed.
Paying tribute after news of his death emerged, Chic co-founder Nile Rodgers said it was “the loss of a true giant”.
An electric performer, a flamboyant persona, a shrieking vocalist, an all-round force of nature – popular music hadn’t seen the like of Little Richard before he emerged from New Orleans in the mid-1950s.
With the likes of Chuck Berry and Elvis, he was one of the handful of US acts who concocted the primordial soup of blues, R&B and gospel that led to the evolution of rock ‘n’ roll in the 60s.
Little Richard’s hits included Good Golly Miss Molly, which made the UK charts in 1958. His other well-known songs include Tutti Frutti and Long Tall Sally.