Little Richard Wiki, Gay, Net Worth, Now, Facts

By Sachindra Karki | Updated On: 30 Aug, 2019
Little Richard Wiki, Gay, Net Worth, Now, Facts

Little Richard is an American rock singer who was included in the 'Rock & Roll Hall of Fame' and 'Songwriters Hall of Fame.' His influence during the '50s has been compared to the impact of Elvis Presley in the music industry. He secured a star in the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee in November of 2008.

The legendary singer even won a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for recording at 6840 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on 21 June 1990.

Is Richard Gay?

The Hall of Famer, rock singer Little Richard, used to have sexual relations with both male and female during his teenage years. He displayed voyeuristic tendencies as a teenager. He admitted that he had been gay all his life in 1995 in an interview with Penthouse.

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However, he has been going back and forth on the matter of whether he is gay or anti-gay. He later deemed same-sex relationships unnatural in an interview with Christain-oriented Three Angles Broadcasting network in 2017. Although Richard had admitted that he was omnisexual back in 2012, he revealed to go after any sexes he likes.

Besides that, Richard was once married to Ernestine Campbell in 1959. However, things didn't work out for the couple, and they divorced late in 1961. He and his ex-wife Ernestine had first met in 1957.

Richard also had adopted a one-year-old boy named Danny Jones Penniman from a church friend back in 1962.

Net Worth

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer had quite a tasteful career in the entertainment industry. His fantastic performance and arts haven't just touche the hearts of music lover but left a footprint in the history of the music industry, which will always be honored.

His songs like Tutti-Frutti and Long Tall Sally even influenced bands such as The Beatles.

Little Richard with 'The Beatles' (Photo: Facebook)

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There is no doubt that Richard's marvelous career in the music industry has garnished him the estimated net worth of $40 million, as of now. 


Richard was born as the third of twelve children of his parents Charles Penniman and Leva Mae Penniman. His father Charles sold moonshine to make a living. He was shot outside a local bar when Richard was nineteen years of age.

The relationship between him and his father was worse. Richard was not on good terms with his father and was forced to move out of the family when he 13. Despite that, the rock singer managed his childhood and was largely shaped by the church.

His two uncles as well as grandfather were preachers. His participation in the church led him to sing gospel and to learn to play the piano.

Wiki (Age), & Bio

Richard was born on 5 December 1932 in Macon, Georgia, the USA with a birthname as Richard Wayne Penniman. His music was a combination of gospel tones with blues music during his performance in his teen years. He performed first time onstage when has just fourteen years of age.

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He grew up in a white family, who owned a club in Macon. Richard eventually started performing in the club polishing his talents. The 86-years-old musician has a height of 1.78 m (5 feet 10 inch).


Some of the quick facts you need to know of a legendary rock singer, Little Richard.

  • Richard is regarded as one of the first black crossover musicians who brought fans of all races together. It was the year 1955 when he released his first single Tutti Frutti. Since then, he has become a maestro in the rock and roll industry.
  • There were rumors about the rock hall of Famer being dead in early 2016. His fandoms were dilemma whether Richard was dead or alive as he was in ill health. They later become pleased after finding out that Richard was not dead.
  • Richard has been included in numerous Hall of Fames like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame(1986), NAACP Image Award Hall of Fame (2002), American Songwriters Hall of Fame(2003). He also has a star on the Apollo Theater Walk of Fame in Manhattan, New York City on 11 May 2010.