Little Richard Net Worth
Little Richard Net Worth: Little Richard is an American musician who has a net worth of $40 million. Born Richard Wayne Penniman in Macon, Georgia, in 1932, Little Richard earned his nickname because of his petite frame. He started singing in his local church choir, and when he was 14 years old, he was invited to sing with a nun during her concert. Little Richard began performing with several bands, including Buster Brown's Orchestra, and he scored a record deal in the early '50s, though he had to wait several years for mainstream success. His 1955 single "Tutti-Frutti" was almost an instant hit, which he followed up with popular songs such as "Good Golly Miss Molly" and "Send Me Some Lovin'". He released his solo debut album, "Here's Little Richard", in 1957, which broke into the top 15 on the U.S. charts. Little Richard is credited with pioneering the early rock 'n' roll movement. During the '50s, he appeared on-screen in several movies, including 1956's "Don't Knock the Rock", 1957's "The Girl Can't Help It", and 1957's "Mister Rock 'n' Roll". In the latter half of the decade, Little Richard gave up on rock music in order to focus solely on gospel tunes, with his religious debut album, "God Is Real", recording in 1959. Five years later, he returned to rock 'n' roll. Little Richard grew addicted to cocaine and later heroin and other drugs in the early '70s; a combination of frightening experiences, including his brother's death, convinced him to give up drugs and rock 'n' roll. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 and earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame four years later. In 1993, Little Richard was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys.