History of Rock & Roll
Little Richard (1932- ) is an African-American singer-songwriter and musician recognized as one of the first rock and roll stars, and a contender for the title of "Father" of rock known for hits such as "Tutti-Frutti." "Long Tall Sally," and "Good Golly, Miss Molly."
Little Richard first hit the pop charts in 1955, and by 1956 he had recorded his biggest hit, "Long Tall Sally," which reached #6 on the charts. Richard would enjoy a string of other hits including "Good Golly, Miss Molly" before he chose to leave the rock and roll life to pursue a life of religion in 1958.