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Little Richard vows to perform again after surgery

Little Richard
Little Richard's career in music spans six decades

Singer Little Richard has said he will return to performing after successfully undergoing surgery on his hip.

The 76-year-old star, recovering at his Nashville home after being discharged from hospital, said he planned to get back on the road "as soon as possible".

The musician said he would be "rocking like the old days" when he returns to the stage next year.

Little Richard's hits include Good Golly Miss Molly, which originally made the UK charts in 1958.

The singer thanked his fans for their support and said he was glad they cared enough to take the time to pray for him.

A friend of the star's family, the Reverend Bill Minson, said that he had continued with his touring schedule prior to the surgery, despite suffering considerable pain.

Little Richard, who was born in Georgia as Richard Wayne Penniman, was one of the first group of inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

His other well-known hits include Long Tall Sally and Tutti Frutti.

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