WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE?
LITTLE RICHARD (himself) is a perennial in the pantheon
of American contemporary music and one of the seminal figures
in the establishment of rock'n'roll. He was born and raised in
Macon, Georgia and began singing in his church choir as a child.
After making his breakthrough with "Tutti Frutti" Richard
continued his series of smash hits with "Long Tall Sally,"
"Rip It Up," "Lucille," "Jenny, Jenny,"
"Keep AKnockin,"' "Good Golly, Miss Molly"
and "Ooh! My Soul." By 1968, he had sold more than 32
million records around the world.
After a self-imposed hiatus from show business, Little Richard
returned to performing in 1985, appearing in the film "Down
and Out in Beverly Hills," where he launched the hit single
"Great Gosh A-Mighty." He was inducted into the Rock
& Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and has performed, recorded and
acted virtually non-stop since then.
In 1990 Little Richard received a star on the Hollywood Walk of
Fame; in 1993, he was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award
from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences; and
in 1994 he performed at President Clinton's inaugural gala in
Washington, D.C. Most recently, Little Richard was presented with
the Award of Merit at the 1997 American Music Awards in recognition
of his contributions to and influence on the music world.
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