After 50 years, the rock 'n' roll legend leaves life on the road behind...

Rock ‘n roll legend LITTLE RICHARD has announced plans to retire after 50 years on the road.

The flamboyant veteran, one of the last great original rock heroes and a massive influence on – The Beatles, says that his current US tour will be his last and that not even a phone-call from the president could make him change his mind.

“I’ve been making music since I was eight years old, and I’m tired now,” he said. “I’ve never taken a vacation. I work every day, year in, year out.”

The star, Ananova reports, plans to retire to his home state of Georgia. “I haven’t decided what I’m going to do, but I won’t be travelling for rock,” he said.