Religion's hold on Little Richard, rock's sex-amped founder

New York (AFP) - A ferocious pianist with a madcap rubberband of a voice and bombastic stage personality, Little Richard, who died Saturday at 87, will go down in history as a key architect behind years of rock's music world dominance.But though his pancake makeup and gaudy costumes oozed sexual ambiguity, Little Richard's upbringing in the church underwrote his complicated lifelong journey with religion and sexuality.Born Richard Wayne Penniman in the southern US state of Georgia, the performer was raised attending Seventh-day Adventist, Baptist and Holiness churches, where he would linger fo...


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