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Little Richard | 1932–2020

Little Richard, the flamboyant, piano-pounding showman who injected sheer abandon into rock ’n’ roll in its early days, died Saturday. He was 87.

Little Richard in January 1992. (Associated Press)
Little Richard performs at the Olympia Concert Hall in June 2005 in Paris.  (Stephane de Sakutin / AFP /Getty Images)
Little Richard on a visit to England in 1962.  ()
Little Richard gives the peace sign ahead of the London Rock and Roll Show in August 1972 at Wembley Stadium. ()
Little Richard at Wembley Stadium in 1972.  ()
Little Richard at a 1981 news conference in Los Angeles. (Randy Rasmussen/Associated Press)
Zelda Redding, wife of singer Otis Redding, holds onto her husband’s trophy as it is presented by Little Richard at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s New York annex on Jan. 19, 1989.  (Susan Ragan/Associated Press)
Little Richard and the Pointer Sisters perform during taping of the television special “American Bandstand’s 50th ... a Celebration” on April 21, 2002, in Pasadena. ()
Little Richard performs at the Domino Effect, a tribute to New Orleans rock and roll musician Fats Domino, at the New Orleans Arena in 2009. (Patrick Semansky/Associated Press)