Who is Little Richard’s Ex-Wife? Ernestine Campbell Wiki, Biography, Age, Husband Death, Children, Net Worth

Ernestine Campbell Wiki – Biography

Ernestine Campbell was known as the ex-wife of Little Richard, was an American singer, songwriter, and musician. An influential figure in popular music and culture for seven decades, Penniman’s most celebrated work dates from the mid-1950s, when his charismatic showmanship and dynamic music, characterized by frenetic piano playing, pounding backbeat and raspy shouted vocals, laid the foundation for rock and roll, leading him to be given the nickname “The Innovator, The Originator, and The Architect of Rock and Roll”.

Little Richard left home by the time he was 13 and was taken in by a white family who owned a club in Macon. That’s where he started honing his craft and unique style as a performer. In 1951 he got his first record contract with RCA, but they stifled him by signing him to do low key blues songs where he was unable to use his trademark screams and wails.

Ernestine Campbell Age

Ernestine Campbell was 83 years old. She died on May 9, 2010, However, her husband Little Richard was 87 years old. He was born on December 5, 1932, in Macon, Georgia, United States. He died on May 9, 2020.


Penniman met his only wife, Ernestine Harvin, at an evangelical rally in October 1957. They began dating that year and wed on July 12, 1959, in California. According to Harvin, she and Penniman initially enjoyed a happy marriage with “normal” sexual relations. When the marriage ended in divorce in 1964, Harvin claimed it was due to her husband’s celebrity status, which had made life difficult for her.

Penniman would claim the marriage fell apart due to his being a neglectful husband and his sexuality. Both Robinson and Harvin denied Penniman’s claims that he was gay and Penniman believed they did not know it because he was “such a pumper in those days”. Ernestine later married Mcdonald Campbell in Santa Barbara, California, on March 23, 1975.


Penniman and Harvin adopted a one-year-old boy, Danny Jones, from a late church associate. Penniman and his son remained close, with Jones often acting as one of his bodyguards.

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Little Richard Cause of Death

He died on May 9, 2020, at the age of 87, Rolling Stone reported Little Richard’s son, Danny Penniman, confirmed the death to them. According to the New York Times his cause of death was cancer.

Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones wrote on Instagram, “When we were on tour with him I would watch his moves every night and learn from him how to entertain and involve the audience and he was always so generous with advice to me. He contributed so much to popular music. I will miss you, Richard, God bless.”

Cyndi Lauper tweeted, “So sad Little Richard passed away. He married my husband and I. He was really one of the truly great rock and roll singers and one of the rock and roll pioneers. He will be missed.”

Senior Writer at Rolling Stone tweeted, “Little Richard was the only person in this special issue of @RollingStone who profiled himself. No need to explain why, but he did anyway in these classic first two lines: “A lot of people call me the architect of rock & roll. I don’t call myself that, but I believe it’s true.”

Net Worth

Ernestine’s net worth is unclear, however, her husband Richard’s net worth is to be $40 million.


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