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Late Rock & Roll Icon Little Richard Will Reportedly Be Buried in Huntsville

Junie Sihlangu
May 15, 2020
05:29 A.M.
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An update about where Little Richard will be buried has been given. The Rock & Roll star sadly passed away on May 9, 2020, from bone cancer at the age of 87.

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According to “AL,” a source close to Little Richard’s family has revealed where he will be buried. The insider also shared some light on the possible funeral date.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer is set to be buried in Huntsville, Alabama. Little Richard, who was born Richard Penniman, will reportedly have his funeral at 11 a.m. on May 20, 2020.

Little Richard at "The Legacy Lounge" for a conversation with CeeLo Green on September 29, 2013, in Atlanta, Georgia | Photo: Ben Rose/WireImage for NARAS/Getty Images

Little Richard at "The Legacy Lounge" for a conversation with CeeLo Green on September 29, 2013, in Atlanta, Georgia | Photo: Ben Rose/WireImage for NARAS/Getty Images

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WHERE HIS FUNERAL WILL BE HELD

The funeral will be held at Oakwood University’s Oakwood Memorial Gardens. The singer is no stranger to the area as in the 1950s he attended Oakwood’s Bible college.

Little Richard was more of a pounder

The musician’s son, Danny Jones Penniman, confirmed his father’s passing while the star’s lawyer, Bill Sobel. Was the one who revealed his cause of death. The founding father of Rock & Roll started his road to fame in 1956 with the song “Tutti Frutti.”

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SOME OF HIS HITS

In the same year, the flamboyant artist released the hits, “Long Tall Sally” and “Rip It Up.” The following year he had fans going crazy with, “Lucille.”

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ELTON JOHN SPEAKS ABOUT RICHARD

In 1958, he released the track “Good Golly Miss Molly.” Little Richard was an inspiration to many artists with Elton John revealing to “Rolling Stone” in 1973:

“I heard Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis, and that was it.”

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COMPARING LEWIS AND RICHARD

John continued: “I didn’t ever want to be anything else. I’m more of a Little Richard stylist than a Jerry Lee Lewis, I think.” He explained, at the time, that he found Lee to be “a very intricate piano player and very skillful” while Little Richard was “more of a pounder.”

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STARS MOURN HIS DEATH

The late star was cited as the primary influence for rock legends like Bob Dylan, The Beatles, and Rolling Stones. Artists like John, Billy Idol, and Mick Jagger paid tribute to Little Richard on social media.

Former first lady Michelle Obama and actress Viola Davis also penned notes about the late star.

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