Danny Jones Penniman with His Dad, Little Richard.

Who is Danny Jones Penniman, Only Son of Little Richard?

Danny Jones is the adopted son of Little Richard. Source: Rolling Stone

Danny Jones Penniman is well known for being the adopted son of Richard Wayne Penniman AKA Little Richard.

Adopted By Little Richard

  • Danny Jones was adopted at the age of 14 by Little Richard and became his only child.
  • However, there’s no paperwork for adoption.
Danny Jones Penniman with His Dad Little Richard.
Danny with his adoptive father, Little Richard.
Source: Rolling Stone

Reason for Adoption

  • Danny Jones was born in a poor family where he was being raised alongisde nine siblings: six sisters, and three brothers.
  • When Danny was in second grade, he met Little Richard for the first time.
  • Richard occasionally drove up to thier house in South Central Los Angeles.

All the kids would be waiting for him to come over. Whenever he did, he’d have a bag of coins, and he’d throw it up in the air and we scrambled. Oh, man, we got some money!

  • Richard’s frequwnt visit to thier house made him an important person to Danny while growing up especially after his biological father’s death in 1982.
  • One day his mother requested Richard to take care of him and the singer accepted the proposal.

My mom asked him: Could he take care of me? Because she didn’t she want me turning out like the rest of my -sisters and brothers, and he agreed to it.

  • Richard then took him in and stayed together for 36 years until his demise in 2020.

Father Died in 2020

  • On May 9, 2020, Danny Jones Penniman lost his father, Little Richard at his home in Tullahoma, Tennessee.
Music Icon Little Richard dies at 87.
  • The reason for Richard’s death was due to bone cancer from which he suffered for around two months before his death.
  • Richard was buried at Oakwood University Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Huntsville, Alabama.

Health Issues

  • Danny Jones, the only son of Little Richard, went through a hernia operation soon after adoption.
  • Recalling his operation, Danny said that his dad always knew he would pretend to be sicker than he was.

He’s like, ‘Hey, there’s some girl downstairs to meet you.’ So, of course, I rushed down there real quick. They said, ‘Nobody down here to see you, what are you talking about?’ I come back up, and he’s just looking at me, shaking his head. I was like, ‘Wow, he got me once again!’ 

Danny Jones Penniman’s Early Life

  • Danny was born to Creola Jones in 1970.
  • He has nine siblings, six sisters, and three brothers.

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