Charles Connor was an American drummer, best known as a member of Little Richard’s band. Richard’s shout of “a-wop bop-a loo-mop, a-lop bam-boom” at the beginning of “Tutti Frutti” is said to be a reference to Connor’s drum rhythms. Charles Connor, who was a drummer for Little Richard and other music greats including James Brown and Sam Cooke, died at the age of 86.

He was survived by his wife and daughter Queenie Connor Sonnefeld.

Cause of death

Connor died early Saturday while under hospice care at his home in Glendale, said his daughter, Queenie Connor Sonnefeld. She said her father had been diagnosed with normal pressure hydrocephalus, a brain disorder that causes fluid buildup.

Connor died on July 31, 2021. He was 86 and suffered from normal pressure hydrocephalus, prior to his death.

Charles Connor Profile Summary

Full Name Charles Connor
Date of Birth January 14, 1935
Occupation Drummer, Songwriter
Marital Status Married,  Zenaida Connor
No. of Children 1
Date of Death July 31, 2021
Age of Death 86
Cause of Death Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
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