American musician Little Richard, a pioneer of the ‘n’ roll rock genre, will be buried Wednesday at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama, according to Billboard.
Gerald Kibble, director of Oakwood Memorial Gardens, said a private funeral is scheduled for May 20.
Pastor Bill Minson, a close friend of Little Richard, said the musician was a university student.
Little Richard, real name Richard Wayne Penniman, died on May 9, at the age of 87, of cancer. He did not invent rock ‘n’ roll but took from the gospel and blues sources parts that he combined with his piano and vocal timbre, creating something new, thrilling, and even dangerous in 1955. Starting with his first single “Tutti Frutti”, he influenced an entire generation of artists.