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‘Architect of rock ‘n’ roll’ Little Richard dead at 87

By Kristin M. Hall AP Entertainment Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Little Richard, the self-proclaimed "architect of rock 'n' roll" whose piercing wail, pounding piano and towering pompadour irrevocably altered popular music while introducing black R&B to white America, died Saturday. He was 87. Pastor Bill Minson, a close friend of Little Richard's, told The Associated Press that Little Richard died Saturday morning. His son, Danny Jones Penniman, also confirmed his father's death,…