Ernestine Campbell

Ernestine Harvin is famous for being the ex-wife of rock and roll legend, Little Richard.

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Background and Age

Ernestine Harvin was born on October 12, 1905.

Marriage, Husband, and Kids

Ernestine and Little Richard met each other in 1957 in an evangelical rally. They got married in 1959. They lived in the Lafayette Square neighborhood in California. They adopted a son named Danny Jones Penniman when he was one year old from a local church associate.

Little Richard, was an American singer, songwriter, and musician. Richard's most praised work dates from the mid-1950s when his dynamic music and appealing showmanship established the framework for his successful career. Driven by his exciting piano playing and unique performing voice, Richard's music additionally assumed a key role in the arrangement of other mainstream music genres including soul and funk. He affected various singers and musicians across musical kinds from rock to hip hop, and his music helped shape rock

Ernestine was the foster mother of Danny Jones. Danny's natural guardians are not known. Harvin adopted him while he was one year old. Until the hour of his demise, Little Richard and his child stayed close, with Jones frequently acting as one of his protective bodyguards. Danny has a career as a rapper.

In 1964, the couple got divorced. Ernestine later married Mcdonald Campbell. it was because of her significant other's VIP status that made life hard for her. Little Richard said that their marriage self-destructed on the grounds that he disregarded his family. He also had an unhealthy sex addiction. It was just twenty years after their separation that Little Richard was open about his appreciation for men which he revealed in the memoir 'The Life and Times of Little Richard'.

While the marriage may have been short, it lastingly affected both the singer and music history. As the Los Angeles Times late detailed, the home where the pair lived in the city's Lafayette Square neighborhood sold for $1.9 million, in part because of the numerous parties that the couple hosted there that pulled in stars like James Brown, Jackie Williams, and Etta James and the Coasters. The couple had held their wedding function at the home in 1959.

The singer was open during his career about his sexual direction, and the convoluted emotions he had toward it. It however became frequently troublesome as his career moved from being a gospel singer in Georgia to a legend of rock and roll in the south. Little Richard revealed that he was kicked out of the house at 15 by his father, a minister, and started performing around Atlanta and making a trip over the south to settings that would permit black musicians during the segregation period.

After the divorce, Ernestine decided to have a tranquil existence, away from the open media. She later remarried Mcdonald Campbell in Santa Barbara, California, on March 23, 1975.


Ernestine Harvin worked as a secretary in Washington D.C.


Ernestine passed on July 29, 2000, at 94 years of age. Little Richard, whose real name was Richard Wayne Penniman passed on at 87 years old.

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Last Modified: Jun 29 2020
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