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From a family of 12 children, don’t let his childhood nickname fool you. Little Richard was not only a tall man, at almost 6 feet, but he was a large personality. In his youth, Richard Wayne Penniman couldn’t find any music he liked, so he would make his own. Adding his flare for vocal wailing and pounding on a piano he gave the New Orleans R&B Gospel sound a hopping beat that ‘the white audiences just couldn’t handle.’ His biggest hit – “Long Tall Sally” – was written while working as a dishwasher at a Greyhound bus station in Macon, Georgia.

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