She had been diagnosed with endometrial cancer in the fall, Steve Greenberg, president of S-Curve Records who worked with Wright, told The New York Times.
Little Richard was one of the first rock figures
Aside from music, Little Richard’s best known ambivalence was in his attitude towards his sexuality. He told Charles White that he was “homosexual”. A decade later, he told Penthouse magazine that he had always known he was gay.
“I’ve been gay all my life and I know that God is a God of love, not hate,” he said to the magazine in 1995. “How can I (put) down the fisherman when I have fished all my life?”
Andre Harrell had an eternal streak in hip-hop
Harrell is credited with guiding Sean Diddy Combs and discovering and launching the careers of various artists and animators.
He started in 1980 with one of the two rap group members Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde. Harrell was hired by Def Jam Records, where he worked as vice president and then became general manager of the label.
It was when he founded Uptown Records that things really took off. He hired Diddy as an intern and launched the careers of Mary J. Blige, Heavy D and The Boyz, Jodeci and Teddy Riley.
CNN’s Todd Leopold, Chloe Melas, Hollie Silverman and Jay Croft contributed to this report.
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