Who is Little Richard and what is his net worth 2018? Little Richard is one of the renowned American comedian, singer, actor, and musician. In mid-1950, Richard laid the foundation of ‘Rock and Roll’ style and ‘hip hop’ genre. He also played a key role in the introduction of famous genres of music like soul and funk into the world. His work, “Tutti Frutti”, was immensely appreciated. It got a special mention in National Recording Registry.
Richard Wayne Penniman (Little Richard) was born on December 5, 1932, as one of the twelve children of Leva Mae and Charles “Bud” Penniman. He was raised in Macon, Georgia as “Lil Richard”.Since his childhood he used to create prank videos on neighbours and participate in church choirs.
In October 1957, little Richard tied the knot with Ernestine Campbell whom he met at an evangelical rally. But due to certain consequences; they took a divorce in the year 1963. Later, Richard adopted Danny Jones from a church association as a one-year-old boy. Today, John and Richard share a special bond.
Little Richards as a child was very active in religious activities. On October 27, 1947, at an age of 14 years, he sang gospel recordings with a nun in a concert. This was Richard’s first step in his career. Thereafter, he was invited by Thrape to take part in concerts. With this, he got more and more involved in music and discontinued his studies and began the professional journey towards music.
He debuts with the band, Buster Brown’s Orchestra and performed under the name “Little Richard”. With the dissolution of the ‘Buster band'(1950), he joined Sugarfoot Sam and Alabam band. With his energised performances, he became popular as “drag performer”. He got his first with “Tutti Frutti”. It topped the famous charts like billboard and Rhythm. This success was continued with the subsequent hits like “Long Tall Sally”, “Ready Teddy”, “Lucille”, “Rip it Up” all in 1956.
Richard struggled a lot when he reentered into the secular music as he felt unappreciated by the producers, but turned all the failures into success. Today he is honoured and celebrated as one of the famous singers who had entered his hits into the top 10 charts.
Little Richard has achieved much success in his journey. He has got recognised in songwriter’s hall of fame and rock and roll hall of fame in the year 1986. In the year 1993, he was honoured with lifetime achievement award by Recording Academy and Rhythm and Blues Foundation. Furthermore, his contribution to the music industry was recognised and honoured in 2015 with Rhapsody & Rhythm Award.
Little Richard Net Worth
Richard had made great strides in the music industry. He was widely appreciated for his contribution. So much so that it is being said that Michael Jackson returned him the Beatles publishing right so that he can rightfully get the credit for his work. Apart from music, Richard had performed in many TV shows and films. Little Richard has a net worth of $45 million.
Little Richard is a multi-instrumentalist with passion towards vocals and piano. He had brought back Rock n Roll. He is closely associated with stars like James Brown, Larry Williams, and Otis Redding.