May 09, 2020

By Jeremy Logan

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Little Richard, the self-proclaimed “architect of rock `n’ roll,” has died. He was 87.

Pastor Bill Minson, a close friend of Little Richard’s, told The Associated Press that Little Richard died Saturday morning.

Minson added that the family is not releasing the cause of death.

Known for his piercing wail, pounding piano and towering pompadour, he irrevocably altered popular music while introducing black R & B to white America.

Little Richard sold more than 30 million records worldwide over his long career.

His hits included “Long Tall Sally” and “Tutti Frutti.”

The trailblazing rocker helped shatter the colour line on the music charts, joining Chuck Berry and Fats Domino in bringing “race music” into the mainstream.

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