Little Richard Was a Certified Wedding Officiant, Who Married Tom Petty, Cyndi Lauper, and More

More tributes pour in for the Rock N' Roll icon

May 12, 2020

Little Richard was undeniably the "Architect of Rock and Roll," but what many might not know about him is his other career as a wedding officiant.

As a minister, he married some of the entertainment industry's biggest stars, including Cyndi LauperTom Petty, Stevie Van Zandt, and even Bruce Willis and Demi Moore.

Petty reportedly said of Little Richard officiating his 2001 wedding to Dana York, "He did yell, ‘Shut up!’ at one point. He was really nervous, but so was I. He gave a long talk about love and its characteristics. He was pretty inspirational.'”

Little Richard, real name Richard Penniman, died May 9 at the age of 87 due to bone cancer.

Since his passing, tributes have poured in from Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan, Elton John, and many more.

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