Richard Wayne Penniman (known by the stage name Little Richard) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, recording artist, and actor, considered key in the transition from rhythm and blues to rock and roll in the mid-1950s.
His most popular song, "Tutti Frutti", was used in the 1987 Disney animated film The Brave Little Toaster, the DTV television series (set to clips from Mr. Duck Steps Out and Mickey's Birthday Party), the 1988 Touchstone Pictures film Cocktail and the 1998 Miramax Films film, Velvet Goldmine. His song "Keep-a-Rockin" was used in the 1994 Miramax Films film Foreign Student. His song "The Girl Can't Help It" was used in the 1995 Buena Vista International film Circle of Friends and in the 2006 Miramax Films film Hollywoodland. His song "Jenny Take a Ride" was used in the 2008 Dimension Films film, Hell Ride.
He also made a guest appearance on Muppets Tonight in episode 208. He also played Orvis Goodnight in the 1986 Touchstone Pictures film, Down and Out in Beverly Hills and appeared as himself in the 1999 Hollywood Pictures film, Mystery, Alaska.
- Little Richard's musical influence produced new wave of rock and roll legends, such as Elton John, The Beatles, and The Rolling Stones.