Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Little Richard died Saturday morning in his Nashville home at the age of 87, the artist’s son Danny Penniman confirmed to Rolling Stone.
His cause of death is currently unknown.
Considered a founding father of rock ‘n’ roll, Little Richard — born Richard Wayne Penniman in 1932 — landed his first record deal with RCA in 1951. He quickly soared to fame with hits such as “Tutti Frutti,” “Long Tall Sally,” “Rip It Up,” “Lucille” and “Good Golly Miss Molly.”
Richard’s musical influenced reached as far as both The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, the former covering several of his hits and deep cuts while the latter’s “I’m Down” paid tribute to his unique vocal stylings.
Known for his eccentric looks, gospel-tinged voice and high-energy piano riffs, he was one of the 10 original inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 and was honored at the 1993 Grammys with a Lifetime Achievement Award.