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Little Richard In Concert At Wembley Arena, London

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Little Richard

An icon and a legend, Little Richard was a talented musical performer across the board. As a singer and a songwriter, his influence in American music and pop culture is one that is unique and immeasurable.

Known for his flamboyant style and genre-combining sound, Richard Wayne Penniman was a man who broke both musical and social boundaries during his time. Richard was open about his homosexuality, honest at times about grappling with it, and was inspiring to many. His hits like “Long Tall Sally,” “Tutti Frutti,” and “Lucille” continue to live on. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

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