Richard Wayne Penniman, born December 5, 1932, known as Little Richard, is an American musician and singer-songwriter. An influential figure in popular music and culture for seven decades, Penniman's most celebrated work dates from the mid-1950s, when his dynamic music and charismatic showmanship laid the foundation for rock and roll. His music also played a key role in the formation of other popular music genres, including soul and funk. Great music and fun! Ghost Soldiers Radio.