|Little Richard is known for his pounding piano and towering pompadour irrevocably altered popular music (Photo: AP)
Little Richard died Saturday after battling bone cancer at the age 87, according to The Associated Press.
It was 1956 when his classic “Tutti Frutti” became an instant hit, crossing over to the pop charts in both the United States and the United Kingdom. It was highlighted by Richard’s memorable call of “wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-lop-bam-boom.”
A string of hits followed, providing the foundation of rock music: “Lucille,” “Keep A Knockin’,” “Long Tall Sally,” “Good Golly Miss Molly.”
When the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opened in 1986, he was among the charter members with Elvis Presley, Berry, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Sam Cooke and others.
Let's listen to Little Richard's iconic song “Tutti Frutti”