Little Richard’s House to Be Moved to Make Room for a New Highway


When highways come through, houses and memories go down.  The boyhood home of Little Richard is going to be removed after authorities made the decision to build a highway through his old hometown of Macon, Georgia.

The announcement was made by Macon Mayor Robert Reichert this week.  This is the same time that Richard is going to receive an honorary degree from Mercer University.  He is now 80 years old, but still possesses the energy of a young man.

Little Richard’s real name is Richard Wayne Penniman.  He grew up in Pleasant Hill, a section of Macon.   I-75 is going to slice right through the community, but the memories will last forever.   Don’t fret, the house will not be gone entirely.  They are going to  move it to a location near the Pleasant Hill Community garden and turn the home into a neighborhood resource center. 

In the 1930s, when Richard was a child, his father was a bootlegger who also owned a nightclub.  His mother was a member of the  New Hope Baptist Church.   Richard’s original name was supposed to be Ricardo, but somehow it was turned to Richard.  Richard’s family was very religious and considered R&B to be “the devil’s music.”  He was kicked out of the house at the age of 16 and went out to begin his singing career.

The rest is music history.

13 Responses to Little Richard’s House to Be Moved to Make Room for a New Highway

  1. Little Richard never took no shyt from caucasoids even tho he was bi-s****l! I remember this brother back in the day, and he taught a lot of white boys how to play a piano, and taught Paul McNartney of the Beatles how to sing with a high pitch voice!


    Faced with financial strains, he toured Europe in 1962 with the Beatles as the smaller opening act. In Hamburg, Germany, he taught Paul McCartney his signature high-pitched “Wooo.”

    He also became a Seventh-Day Adventist minister, “I became a minister because my family had always loved the Lord and I felt the calling.”

    Little Richard also began dressing more flamboyantly. “I wore makeup and wild outfits to keep white people from focusing on me as some kind of a s****l threat,” he said. “I knew that if I looked crazy, not cool, I wouldn’t be seen that way. And it worked. People focused on the music.”

    “I always acted wild and dressed wild because I wanted to make the music good,” Little Richard said. “I wanted to be different more than anything else.” -Marc Meyers

    @Yolande Leland Kelley: He sang and played piano in church but was later ejected from his home by his father, reportedly for homosexual behaviour. He performed in nightclubs, traveled with a medicine show, and recorded as a blues artist from the early 1950s. His first big hit came with Tutti Frutti (1956).

    He was kicked out of the house because of doing the “TOOTY FRUITY” in the bo.oty; not because of jealousy!!! After that, he wrote the song TUITTI FRUITTI!!! THIS WAS HIS FIRST “HIT” (no pun) lol

    Check out these lyrics:

    Got a girl named Daisy, she almost drives me crazy
    Got a girl named Daisy, she almost drives me crazy
    She knows how to love me, yes indeed
    Boy, I don’t know what you’re doin’ to me

    (Notice the word ‘Boy’ in the last verse, and the words that he used)!


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