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Little Richard, the self-proclaimed “architect of rock ‘n’ roll,” performs during a 2001 birthday celebration for legendary entertainer Milton Berle. Richard’s hyperkinetic piano playing, coupled with his howling vocals and hairdo, made him an implausible sensation — a gay, black man celebrated across America during the buttoned-down Eisenhower era. He died Saturday at the age of 87.  (AP photo)

Little Richard, the self-proclaimed “architect of rock ‘n’ roll,” performs during a 2001 birthday celebration for legendary entertainer Milton Berle. Richard’s hyperkinetic piano playing, coupled with his howling vocals and hairdo, made him an implausible sensation — a gay, black man celebrated across America during the buttoned-down Eisenhower era. He died Saturday at the age of 87. (AP photo)