Little Richard, outsized founding father of rock music, dies at 87

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    A wop bop a loo bop a lop bam boom! If early rock ’n’ roll sounded alien to mid-’50s American pop-cultured ears, the opening salvo of Little Richard’s “Tutti Frutti”signaled a full-scale extraterrestrial invasion.Rock’s early days were blessed with a profusion of outsized personalities — Elvis and his shockwave-generating gyrations, super-slick Chuck Berry and the combustible Jerry Lee Lewis — but none as wild as Richard Penniman, who died […]

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