Little Richard, a flamboyant founding father of rock-and-roll, passes after 87 fabulous years.
(NBC Report) Little Richard, a flamboyant founding father of rock-and-roll who injected "wop bop a loo bop" into popular music and influenced musicians from The Beatles to Prince, has died at age 87.
His pastor confirmed the death on Facebook and to The Associated Press. The cause of death was not immediately clear.
With his piano-pounding performances, wild vocals, bouffant hair and makeup, Little Richard burst onto the musical scene in the 1950s and shook up the stuffed shirts with a string of his hit songs that got both black and white people dancing.