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Little Richard

Rock-’n’-roll progenitor

IN THE 1940S, TEENAGERS WERE JUST ADULTS IN WAITING, busy with responsibilities like going to war. But the luckier teenagers of the 1950s became a kind of royalty, and Little Richard—who died on May 9 at age 87—welcomed them with an embrace of raucous, peacock splendor. In 1955, his

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