Little Richard

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Little Richard Gender: M
Richard Wayne Penniman
born on 5 December 1932 at 14:50 (= 2:50 PM )
Place Macon, Georgia (US), 32n50, 83w38
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
Accuracy in question
Rodden Rating C
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 13°30' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 24°01 Asc.s_aricol.18.gif 27°01'

Little Richard


American singer, songwriter, and musician, a pioneering rock legend, he was influential in popular music and culture for seven decades. Nicknamed "The Innovator", "The Originator", and "The Architect of Rock and Roll", Little Richard was alternately a flamboyant musician and born-again gospel minister.

Released in November 1955, his single "Tutti Frutti" became an instant hit, reaching No. 2 on Billboard magazine's Rhythm and Blues Best-Sellers chart and crossing over to the pop charts in both the United States and overseas in the United Kingdom.

His next hit single, "Long Tall Sally" (1956), hit number one on the R&B chart and number 13 on the Top 100 while reaching the top ten in Britain. Like "Tutti Frutti", it sold over a million copies. 

His debut album, Here's Little Richard, was released in May 1957 and peaked at number thirteen on the Billboard Top LPs chart. 

A master showman, Richard wore capes and suits studded with multi-colored precious stones and sequins, along with a Pompadour hairdo and pencil moustache.

He was famed for his frantic and furious performances with the lyrics shouted out gospel style. Erratic and unpredictable, in October 1957 he renounced music and joined the ministry but came back to rock and soul in 1964. In 1977 he was once again a gospel minister, renouncing the secular world in favor of gospel tours.

The third of 12 children, he had a large head in proportion to his body and his right leg was shorter than the left.

He married his only wife, Ernestine Harvin, on 12 July 1959 in California. They adopted a one-year-old boy, Danny Jones, and divorced in 1964. 

On the morning of 9 May 2020, Little Richard died from bone cancer at the age of 87 in Tullahoma, Tennessee.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Gaines, Grady (born 14 May 1934). Notes: Bandmates
  • associate relationship with Hendrix, Jimi (born 27 November 1942). Notes: Hendrix played in Richard's band for a few months in 1965
  • (has as) student relationship with McCartney, Paul (born 18 June 1942). Notes: Vocalizations


  • Work : Begin Major Project 14 September 1955 in New Orleans (Records "Tutti Fruitti")
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  • Work : Retired 11 October 1957 in Sydney (Quit show business to focus on spiritual life)
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  • Relationship : Marriage 12 July 1959 (Ernestine Harvin)
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  • Relationship : Divorce dates 1964 (Ernestine Harvin)

Source Notes

Ananda Bagley speculates birth time based on the statement "born Monday afternoon December 5, 1932" given by his mother in "The Life and Times of Little Richard" by Charles White.

Stambler, "Pop, Rock & Soul" gives 25 December 1935, relating that Little Richard gives this date as he is a "Christ-ian."


  • Traits : Body : Hair (Pompadour hairdo, pencil moustache)
  • Traits : Body : Size (Right leg shorter, big head)
  • Traits : Personality : Attention seeking (Flamboyant)
  • Traits : Personality : Eccentric (Erratic)
  • Traits : Personality : Fiery
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Cancer (Bone)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Bone (Cancer)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Alcohol
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Drugs
  • Family : Childhood : Family large (12 kids)
  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (Third of 12)
  • Family : Parenting : Foster, Step, or Adopted Kids (One adopted son)
  • Passions : Sexuality : Bi-Sexual ("Omnisexual")
  • Passions : Sexuality : Voyeur
  • Passions : Sexuality : Other Sexual (Enjoyed orgies)
  • Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Conversion/ Born again
  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease (Bone cancer)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 87)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Group/ Duo
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Piano)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Song writer
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/ Pop, Rock, etc.
  • Vocation : Religion : Ecclesiastics/ western (Gospel evangelical minister)
  • Notable : Awards : Hall of Fame (Rock and Roll; Songwriters)