Reports are surfacing that rock and roll legend Little Richard will be buried in Alabama.
According to AL.com, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Little Richard will be buried 11 a.m. on May 20 at Oakwood University’s Oakwood Memorial Gardens.
Little Richard, who died May 9 at 87, is known as one of the Founding Fathers of rock. Some of his biggest R&B hits include “Tutti Frutti,” “Long Tall Sally,” “Good Golly, Miss Molly,” and “Lucille.”
Little Richard was born Richard Penniman in Macon, Georgia, in 1932. Though his behaviors seemed unorthodox at the time, his flamboyant style and unique croons helped pave his way to success.
Little Richard has inspired countless artists over the years. Among some of the big names are The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Elton John, KISS and so many more.
Little Richard has influenced just about everyone in popular music in some way or another. He was even a wedding officiant for rock stars like the late Tom Petty.
We lost 3 legends this week. Andre Harrell, Little Richard, & Betty Wright. May they all rest in power. pic.twitter.com/9LbNYP43YI
— TV Fanatic👑⚜️ (@TvKhaleesi) May 11, 2020
Gene Simmons of KISS was among the many who paid tribute to Little Richard after his death, writing:
“Sadly, Little Richard passed away today. A founding Father of Rock And Roll, his contributions simply can’t be overstated. I had the honor of meeting Richard in his later years and was awed by his presence. He told me, ‘I am the architect of Rock And Roll.’ Amen! ..Rest In Peace.”
tom petty is trending so just a reminder that his wedding was officiated by THE little richard pic.twitter.com/7S94GWGwgh
— DASH ! ⁷ (@iHugDazai) May 13, 2020
Little Richard himself said he was the “Architect of Rock and Roll.”
He told Rolling Stone in 1990, and revealed how he got one of his trademark sounds:
“When I started singing [rock & roll], I sang it a long time before I presented it to the public, because I was afraid they wouldn’t like it. I had never heard nobody do it, and I was scared.
I was inspired by Mahalia Jackson, Roy Brown and a gospel group called Clara Ward and the Ward Singers and a guy by the name of Brother Joe May. I got the holler that you hear me do – ‘woo-ooh-ooh’ – from a lady named Marion Williams. And this thing you hear me do – ‘Lucille-uh’ – I got that from Ruth Brown I used to like die way she’d sing, ‘Mama-uh, he treats your daughter mean.’ I put it all together.”
And Little Richard dared others to question his role in music history.
“I really feel from the bottom of my heart that I am the inventor. If there was somebody else, I didn’t know than, didn’t hear them, haven’t heard them. Not even to this day. So I say I’m the architect,” Little Richard told Rolling Stone.
His legacy still stands.