Little Richard and Danny Jones Penniman.

Meet Danny Jones Penniman, Little Richard’s Only Child!

Danny Jones Penniman is known for being the adopted son of Richard Wayne Penniman AKA Little Richard and his wife, Ernestine Harvin.

Adopted by Little Richard

  • Danny Jones Penniman was adopted at the age of 14 by Little Richard and became his only child.
  • There is no paperwork for adoption.
A photo of Little Richard.
Little Richard is an American rock and roll pioneer.
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Reasons For Adoption

  • Danny was born in a poor family with his nine siblings: six sisters, and three brothers.
  • Jones met Little Richard for the first time when he was in second grade.
  • He occasionally drove up to their 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 became an important person to Danny after his biological father’s death in 1982.
  • One day his mother requested Richard to take care of Danny. He accepted the proposal and we know the rest.

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.

  • Danny was with Richard 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.
  • The reason for Richard’s death was due to bone cancer.
  • He had been suffering from cancer for around two months.
  • Richard was buried at Oakwood University Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Huntsville, Alabama.
  • The American singer and musician was 88 at the time of his demise.

Hernia Surgery

  • The only son of Little Richard went through a hernia operation soon after adoption.

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!’ 

Richard knew Danny was faking it.

Danny Jones Penniman’s Early Life

  • Danny was born to his mother, Creola Jones in 1970.
  • He has nine siblings, six sisters, and three brothers.
  • His mom and his adoptive dad met at an evangelical rally.

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