A native of Macon and the architect of rock ‘n’ roll, Little Richard died Saturday iin Tullahoma, Tennessee, more than 70 miles southeast of Nashville. Reports on Saturday indicated the cause of death was bone cancer. He was 87.
The world was quick to react to the loss of an icon, taking to social media to share their grief and praise the musician.
From 'Tutti Frutti' to 'Long Tall Sally' to 'Good Golly, Miss Molly' to 'Lucille', Little Richard came screaming into my life when I was a teenager. I owe a lot of what I do to Little Richard and his style; and he knew it. He would say, 'I taught Paul everything he knows'. pic.twitter.com/96bOzphhs8
With his exuberance, his creativity, and his refusal to be anything other than himself, Little Richard laid the foundation for generations of artists to follow. We are so lucky to have had him. Sending all my love to his family and friends today.
Little Richard put The Rock in Roll and the Roll in Rock!!!! Thank you for leading the way for piano bangers like me and so many others !!! Keep hitting them keys hard in the big band in heaven... Thank you ... and God bless u... 😎🎹🎤🎶🙏❤️😎 pic.twitter.com/uTRnSx6ozS
He flaunted convention & redefined showmanship. In many ways, he invented the role of the rock star before the term even existed. Things feel a bit less wild for the loss of Richard Wayne Penniman, known to the world as Little Richard, from Macon, Georgia, who died at 87. pic.twitter.com/YqnmSaxkwU
Little Richard died today. He was part of the beginning. At 87, he had a pretty good run. We’ll honor him, every time we keep those blues chords com in’. He left people like me ready, ready, ready to— Rock & Roll. https://t.co/ETEe36rciX
Absolutely heartbroken this morning at also hearing the news of the passing of my bro & friend, the great Little Richard. From our connection through our mutual mentor, Bumps Blackwell, to recording “Money Is” & “Do It To It” for the $ soundtrack, to...https://t.co/jeHNYYobEPpic.twitter.com/aEJEQVuNN9
Sing in Peace Little Richard. Bless you! No one had a greater hand in creating Rock n Roll, the Sacred Weapon that continues to heal our troubled world. Eternal Love and Thanks. pic.twitter.com/rWdSOIe7C5
R.I.P THE GREAT LITTLE RICHARD. When I played sax for @jerryleelewis, one night somewhere in Europe (Sweden?), we toured with Little Richard and for one show I got to play Sax with him, an honour. One of the pillars 20th Century music is built on..... pic.twitter.com/ToytWchOKQ
Little Richard. Hanging out, getting to rehearse, play guitar with him on Tutti Frutti might be one of my top 3 musical all time great moments. He was and will be always the king, the queen, the everything.
Little Richard listened to his own muse, no matter how far outside the pale it took him. And he took his audience along for the ride. Take a ride with our @AJC Sepia Tribute playlisthttps://t.co/CiNwEZineM
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. https://t.co/ceQuNU6pkF
I'll never forget Little Richard saying that he was the mama when he played house growing up. Because I knew the mama he meant, the mama who was not just the nurturer, but also the choreographer, the leader of the pace and rhythm of living. He was saying something profound.