Tutti Frutti

Little Richard

About Tutti Frutti

"Tutti Frutti" (meaning "all fruits" in Italian) is a song written by Little Richard along with Dorothy LaBostrie that was recorded in 1955 and became his first major hit record. With its opening cry of "A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-wop-bam-boom!" (a verbal rendition of a drum pattern that Little Richard had imagined) and its hard-driving sound and wild lyrics, it became not only a model for many future Little Richard songs, but also a model for rock and roll itself. The song introduced several of rock music's most characteristic musical features, including its loud volume and vocal style emphasizing power, and its distinctive beat and rhythm. In 2007, an eclectic panel of renowned recording artists voted "Tutti Frutti" No. 1 on Mojo's The Top 100 Records That Changed The World, hailing the recording as "the sound of the birth of rock and roll." In 2010, the U. S. Library of Congress National Recording Registry added the recording to its registry, claiming the "unique vocalizing over the irresistible beat announced a new era in music". In April 2012, Rolling Stone magazine declared that the song "still contains what has to be considered the most inspired rock lyric ever recorded: 'A wop bop alu bop, a wop bam boom!' " 


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Wop bop a loo bop a lop bom bom!

Tutti frutti, oh rutti
Tutti frutti, oh rutti
Tutti frutti, oh rutti
Tutti frutti, oh rutti
Tutti frutti, oh rutti
Wop bop a loo bop a lop ba ba!

I got a gal, named Sue, she knows just what to do
I got a gal, named Sue, she knows just what to do
She rock to the East, she rock to the West
She is the gal that I love best

Tutti frutti, oh rutti
Tutti frutti, oh rutti, ooh
Tutti frutti, oh rutti
Tutti frutti, oh rutti
Tutti frutti, oh rutti
Wop bop a loo bop a lop bom bom!

I got a gal, named Daisy, she almost drives me crazy
Got a gal, named Daisy, she almost drives me crazy
She knows how to love me, yes indeed
Boy you don't know what she do to me

Tutti frutti, oh rutti
Tutti frutti, oh rutti, ooh
Tutti frutti, oh rutti
Tutti frutti, oh rutti
Tutti frutti, oh rutti
Wop bop a loo bop!

Oh tutti frutti, oh rutti
Tutti frutti, oh rutti, ooh
Tutti frutti, oh rutti
Tutti frutti, oh rutti
Tutti frutti, oh rutti
Wop bop a loo bop a lop bom bom!

I got a gal, named Daisy, she almost drive me crazy
Got a gal, named Daisy, she almost drive me crazy
She knows how to love me, yes indeed,
Boy you don't know what she do to me

Tutti frutti, oh rutti
Tutti frutti, oh rutti
Tutti frutti, oh rutti
Tutti frutti, oh rutti
Tutti frutti, oh rutti
Wop bop a loo bop a lop bam boom!

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Little Richard

Richard Wayne Penniman (born December 5, 1932), known by the stage name Little Richard, is an American singer, songwriter, musician, recording artist, and actor, considered key in the transition from rhythm and blues to rock and roll in the mid-1950s. He was also the first artist to put the funk in the rock and roll beat and contributed significantly to the early development of soul music. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website entry on Penniman states that: more »

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Written by: Dorothy Labostrie, Joe Lubin, Richard Penniman

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17 facts about this song

Musical Genre
"Tutti Frutti" is classified under the genre of Rock and Roll.
Release Date
The song was released on October 15, 1955.
Original Artist
Although it's been covered by many artists, the song was originally performed and recorded by Little Richard.
Chart Performance
"Tutti Frutti" attained immediate success, ranking at number 2 on Billboard magazine's Rhythm and Blues Best-Sellers chart.
Legacy
The song is considered one of the pioneering recordings of the rock and roll genre.
Impact
Rolling Stone magazine declared "Tutti Frutti" as one of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time in 2004.
Cultural Significance
The song was added to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress in 2010, which indicates it is "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
Song Duration
The duration of Little Richard's original recording of "Tutti Frutti" is approximately 2 minutes and 25 seconds.
Songwriter's Contribution
The song was co-written by Little Richard and songwriter Dorothy LaBostrie.
Later Covers
The song was later covered by numerous artists including Elvis Presley and The Beatles.
Contribution to Little Richard’s Career
"Tutti Frutti" was Little Richard's first major hit record, and it propelled him to instant stardom.
Iconic Lyric
It was also famous for its nonsensical lyrics, "A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-wop-bam-boom!" a phrase that's recognized around the world.
Song Production
The song was produced by Robert 'Bumps' Blackwell, who was largely responsible for creating the "Tutti Frutti" sound.
Studio Recordings
The song was recorded in New Orleans, Louisiana at the J&M Studio.
Live Performance
Little Richard used to perform "Tutti Frutti" as part of his live performances before it was actually recorded. His energetic performances were a key part of the song's fame.
Initial Song Lyrics
The original song lyrics by Little Richard were considered too risqué for the public, so they were cleaned up by songwriter Dorothy LaBostrie.
Popularity Duration
Despite being released in the 1950s, "Tutti Frutti" has been popular and influential over the years, crossing multiple generations.

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