Singer-songwriter Richard Wayne Penniman (1932-2020), aka Little Richard, was an iconic figure in popular music and culture for seven decades. Recognized as a foundational pillar of rock and roll, Richard’s emotive vocalizations and uptempo rhythms also paved the way for other popular music genres, such as soul and funk. Little Richard was one of the first crossover Black artists, helping to bring an end to the racial divide on the music charts and in live performances.

Jane Ellen passionately shares her eclectic interests via the marvels of the internet from her home in Central Florida’s Space Coast. Specializing in all aspects of music and entertainment history, she strives to bring her subjects to life whilst seeking to make a deeper understanding of music accessible to all. Jane’s presentations benefit not only from her gifts as a storyteller, but from a lifetime of work as a scholar, performer, composer, and recording artist.