Little Richard considers retirement at 80

Entertainer Little Richard performs on stage at the Crossroad festival in Gijon, northern Spain,...

Entertainer Little Richard performs on stage at the Crossroad festival in Gijon, northern Spain, July 23, 2005. (REUTERS/Alonso Gonzalez)

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Rock 'n' roll legend Little Richard is considering retirement after declaring he "doesn't feel like doing anything now".

The Tutti Frutti singer almost collapsed during a rare show in Washington, D.C. last summer after falling ill during a gig at the Howard Theatre - and he hasn't performed since.

Now, after turning 80 in December, he feels the time is right to step back from the spotlight.

In a new interview with Rolling Stone magazine, he says, "I am done, in a sense, because I don't feel like doing anything right now."

Interviewer Neil Strauss reports the singer/songwriter now spends his days designing clothes and praying, and the hitmaker has started thinking about the legacy he'll leave after death.

Little Richard, real name Richard Penniman, tells the publication, "I think my legacy should be that when I started in showbusiness, there wasn't no such thing as rock 'n' roll... When I started with Tutti Frutti, that's when rock really started rocking."


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