Little Richard Biography

Updated On Jul 15, 2019 Published On Feb 22, 2016
Facts of Little Richard
Date of Birth: 1932 , December-5
Birth Nation: United States
Height: 5 Feet 10 Inch
Name Little Richard
Birth Name Little Richard
Nick Name Little
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Macon, Georgia
Ethnicity Black
Profession Musician
Working For Television
Net Worth $40 million
Eye Color Black
Hair Color Brown
Famous for Musician, songwriter
Affair with Audrey Robinson
Girlfriend Audrey Robinson
Married N/A
Children Danny Jones Penniman
Movies Purple People Eater
TV Show Goddess of Love
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1990 Star on the Walk of Fame for recording, Little Richard is a well-known recording artist, songwriter, and musician from the United States. Recently in 2015, he was honored with the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Little Richard's early life

Little Richard, who is also popular from his nicknames The Real King of Rock 'n' Roll and The Queen of Rock 'n' Roll, was born as Richard Wayne Penniman on 5th December 1932 in Macon, Georgia, the United States of America to Leva Mae and Charles "Bud" Penniman. He is an American by nationality and his ethnicity is African-American.

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As Richard was small and skinny as a child, he was named "Lil' Richard" by his parents. A moron child who misbehaved his neighbor, Richard grew up singing in church.

His parents were highly religious and he also enjoyed the worship and live music. At the end of 1947, when Sister Rosetta Tharpe was on her concerts at Macon City Auditorium she heard Little Richard singing two of her gospel recordings.

She was impressed by his voice and took him to sing onstage during the concert. Then he began singing in several shows.

Little Richard's personal life

While Richard was in his early 20s, he began dating Audrey Robinson. Audrey Robinson was a mid-teen college student at that time. After they called off their love life, Audrey Robinson became a stripper using the name Lee Angel.

At the end of 1957, Richard met his first wife Ernestine Campbell while he was at an evangelical rally. They fell in love with each other and they began their romantic love life.

After being in love for about two years, they decided to get married and they finally got married on the 11th of July 1959.

Though they were happily married and they also had a romantic sex life, this married was not meant forever. They got divorced in 1963. Ernestine revealed that she dissolved this married life because of his celebrity status.

Little Richard's career and net worth

Finally, in March 1957, he was finally able to release his debut album Here's Little Richard. It was entered no 10 in the U.S. Pop charts. Besides his musical career, he has also appeared in several movies and TV shows.

In 1956, he appeared in the movie Don't Knock the Rock, starring Alan Dale and The Girl Can't Help It.

Little Richard's net worth

His net worth is said to be around $40 million.

Little Richard facts on timeline

Born in Macon, Georgia, United States

December 5 , 1932

Little Richard, who is also popular from his nicknames The Real King of Rock 'n' Roll and The Queen of Rock 'n' Roll, was born as Richard Wayne Penniman in Macon, Georgia, United States of America to Leva Mae and Charles "Bud" Penniman. He is an American.

Sang onstage at Macon City Auditorium

1947

As Richard was small and skinny as a child, he was named "Lil' Richard" by his parents. A moron child who misbehaved his neighbor, Richard grew up singing in church. His parents were highly religious and he also enjoyed the worship and live music. At the end of 1947, when Sister Rosetta Tharpe was on her concerts at Macon City Auditorium she heard Little Richard singing two of her gospel recordings. She was impressed by his voice and took him to sing onstage during the concert.

Joined Dr Hudson's Medicine Show

1948

After receiving acclaim for his performance at at Macon City Auditorium with Sister Rosetta Tharpe, he began singing. He also sang for the traveling shows for several months. In 1948, he joined Dr. Hudson's Medicine Show. 

Released his debut album, Here's Little Richard

1957

Richard began his musical career since 1951. He began singing in several shows. Finally in March 1957, he was finally able to release his debut album Here's Little Richard. It was entered no 10 in the U.S. Pop charts. 

Dated Audrey Robinson

1956

While Richard was in his early 20s, he began dating Audrey Robinson. Audrey Robinson was a mid teen college student at that time. After they called off their love life, Audrey Robinson became a stripper using the name Lee Angel.

Married to Ernestine Campbell

July 11 , 1959

At the end of 1957, Richard met his first wife Ernestine Campbell while he was at an evangelical rally. They fell in love with each other and they began their romantic love life. After being in love for about two years, they decided to get married and they finally got married on 11th of July 1959.

Divorced with Ernestine Campbell

1963

Though they were happily married and they also had romantic sex life, this married was not meant forever. They got divorced in 1963. Ernestine revealed that she dissolved this married life because of his celebrity status. He also announced that they got divorced for being a neglectful husband.

Adopted Danny Jones Penniman

1962

He has not been father of his own child, but he is the father of rapper Danny Jones Penniman. When he was married to Ernestine Campbell, he adopted a baby boy, Danny Jones Penniman. Danny was one year old in 1962.

Won Cashbox Triple Crown Award

1956

He is active in music since 1951. He released his debut single in 1951. He became popular as a singer within few years and was honored with Cashbox Triple Crown Award in 1956. He won this award for Long Tall Sally.

Won Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

1993

Little Richard is also popular as the The Real King of Rock 'n' Roll and The Queen of Rock 'n' Roll. In 1993, he was honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. He was honored with this award for creative contributions to the field of recording.

Received a Hollywood Walk of Fame

1990

He is active in music for more than a century. For this continuous contribution to the music world and recording, he was honored with the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1990. Besides this, he was also been introduced into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.

Won American Music Award of Merit

1997

Till now he has been nominated in lots of prestigious awards and he has also won several of them. In 1997, he was honored with the American Music Award of Merit. He has also once been honored with Image Awards.