Little Richard, pianist, singer and songwriter. He is considered key in taking music from R+B to Rock 'N Roll in the 1950s. Many of his songs include playful lyrics underlined with sexually suggestive connotations. He inspired the development of soul and funk music, and laid the foundations for Rock & Roll. His charismatic persona, flamboyant showmanship, and distinctive vocals, including shouts, moans, and wails, were unprecedented in popular music at the time.