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This 1966 file photo shows Little Richard, a rock ‘n’ roll pioneer whose piercing wail, pounding piano and towering pompadour irrevocably altered popular music while introducing black R&B to white America.  (AP photo)

This 1966 file photo shows Little Richard, a rock ‘n’ roll pioneer whose piercing wail, pounding piano and towering pompadour irrevocably altered popular music while introducing black R&B to white America. (AP photo)