Tutti Frutti

Album: Here's Little Richard (1955)
Charted: 29 17
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  • Wop bop a loo bop a lop bom bom!

    Tutti frutti oh rootie
    Tutti frutti oh rootie
    Tutti frutti oh rootie
    Tutti frutti oh rootie
    Tutti frutti oh rootie
    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
    But she is the gal that I love best

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

    Oh tutti frutti oh rootie
    Tutti frutti oh rootie ooo
    Tutti frutti oh rootie
    Tutti frutti oh rootie
    Tutti frutti oh rootie
    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 rootie
    Tutti frutti oh rootie
    Tutti frutti oh rootie
    Tutti frutti oh rootie
    Tutti frutti oh rootie
    Wop bop a loo bop a lop bam boom! Writer/s: Dorothy Labostrie, Joe Lubin, Richard Penniman
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 27

  • David from Auburn, AlabamaThe best description of a great song (Tutti Frutti) that I have ever read. Sent it to some of my 70+ years old friends from high school!
  • Pd from Seattle, WaThe ‘50’s movie, “The Girl Can’t Help It,” is a lame bobbysoxer movie except for the killer performance on that song by Little Richard. The combo of white girls who don’t know what to think of this phenomenon is worth the price of admission.
  • Recordsteve from Emerald Coast, FlThanks for disecting Tutti Frutti & Little Richard's commentary. Everytime in the car w/our grandchildren, they would go crazy & sing it as we crossed bridges=awap bop a lup....
  • La Laurie H. M-m. from Pleasant ValleyIt originally was Tutti Frutti, Good Booty! Sexy, too sexy for the prudes! No one has even mentioned it, but Little Richard was a very good looking man. Come on , now, he really was a handsome devil. You know it! He had so many hot hits that he was a one man musical genius. You could tell that he was starting to realize his power. He was very conflicted over coming to terms with his love of religion and his own gay nature. When he finally came back to mainstream, in the early 2000's, he told the crowds that he started it all and everyone copied him, he was The Innovator", "The Originator", and "The Architect of Rock and Roll"!! Rest in Paradise, Cute Richard Penniman! The world wouldn't be the same without you, Little Richard!!
  • Old School from CaliThe original lyrics weren't "Tutty Frutti loose booty," as someone said below. Eewww. It was Tutti Frutti good booty."
  • Djp from Massachusetts Growing up in the Boston area in the fifties and sixties we had to endure Pat Boone sing “rock ‘n roll”. Then a black owned AM station WILD started that could only be on from sunrise to sunset. Real rock’n roll was played and I was hooked for life.
  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaEarl Palmer was one of the founding members of the Wrecking Crew.
  • Octavius Jones from North AmericaIn the early 1950's I was a kid listening to country and western, but then Rock and Roll took over -- Little Rcihard was hard to miss. My mother was horrified. All the white PTA mothers were even more terrified. The kids were is danger of something new. Good Bye, Hank Snow. Radio stations played the McGuire Sisters, Pat Boone or anybody that was white. (All stations were Am, FM was just starting.) The whites kids, me and friends, found a black radio station and they had a night program, "Jivin' with Jackson" and I can tell you this white kid was hooked. Who couldn't love Little Richard, Fats, The Ravens..... It is still good music and I still play it. KLIFF was a really popular radio station and they wanted to play some of the better Rock and Roll but the PTA Mothers kept the likes of Boone the primary sound. Pathetic. WRR, a Dallas radio station, started a 2 hour nightly and they played what we wanted to hear. The disc jockey, Jim Lowe, was the best source of the future of good music in Dallas in the early fifties. Overall, the early fifties Dallas music flourished in spite of Boone and the MaGuire Sisters. Little Richards music was not going to the PTA meetings.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 7th 1989, Georgia state representative Billy Randall sponsored a bill to make "Tutti-Frutti" the official state song. The bill did not pass...
    Ten years earlier on April 24th, 1979 the State of Georgia's General Assembly had adopted "Georgia On My Mind" as the official state song.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 3rd 1956, Elvis Presley made his 2nd appearance on the CBS-TV program 'The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show'...
    He performed two songs, "Tutti Frutti" and "Baby' Let's Play House"...
    "Tutti Frutti" was track one of side two on his debut RCA studio album, simply titled 'Elvis Presley'; it was released on March 23rd, 1956...
    While "Baby' Let's Play House" was his fourth release on the Sun Record label and his first nationally charted record (peaked at #5 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart in July 1955)...
    R.I.P. to The King.
  • Nick from London, United KingdomJ&M studios New Orleans Sep 1955 - Specialty 561.
    Perhaps New Orleans' biggest contribution to the story of rock'n'roll was the recording of Tutti Frutti at Cosimo Matassa's recording studio on Rampart Street. Little Richard had been recording pretty standard R&B fare since 1951 but Art Rupe saw something in him and he sent down Bumps Blackwell to buy up his Peacock contract for just $600. His first sessions for Specialty were held over two days on September 13th and 14th. Chuck Berry's Maybellene was #1 on the R&B charts and Pat Boone's lame cover of Ain't That A Shame was #1 on the pop charts, so its no surprise that Richard put down a couple of rockers, including a fine early version of Kansas City. But Tutti Frutti was something else. According to legend, he was just messing around with some bawdy nonsense lyrics towards the end of the session and Blackwell immediately sensed there was a hit in the making. Lyric writer Dorothy Labostrie was quickly brought in to clean up the lyrics. "Good booty" was replaced with "all rooty," and pretty soon the song was deemed acceptable enough for radio. Little Richard was on his way. Earl Palmer: 'On Tutti Frutti you can hear me playing a shuffle. Listening to it now, it's easy to hear I should have been playing that rock beat.' Billboard October 1955: "A cleverly styled novelty with nonsense words delivered rapid-fire. The singer shows a compelling personality and an attractive vocal style."
    Nick Duckett
    http://www.rhythmandbluesrecords.co.uk/


  • Mike from Franklin County, Pa"Tutti -Frutti" is a type of mixed fruit flavor often used in candies , sweets and dessert dishes. It tastes somewhat like a combination of "Fruit - Loops" and "Hawaiian Punch".
  • Chris from Claremont, CaDarn americans, jeez if people only knew what the original song was supposed to be about, it never would have been a hit song to sing in elementary school performances and whatnot. I KNEW it didnt make any sense. Who the hell was rudi. lol
  • Laney from Bosont, Maanother thing, anybody who thinks Pat Boone gave Little Richard a run from his money with his cover of long tall sally is crazy!
  • Laney from Bosont, Ma I never heard of Little Richard saying anybody else was the king of rock and roll. But I know in he is often qouted as saying"I'm the king and queen of rock and roll!"
  • Sara from Greenville, AlLittle Richard was so incensed by Boone's cover version of "Tutti Frutti", (which out-did his version)he made the follow up too fast for him to sing. Nonetheless, Boone figured out how to adapt it, and gave Little Richard a run for his money.
  • Matthewz from Corpus Christi, Tx"MISS ANN," another Little Richard title, was also a slang for a gay male.
  • Michael from Roskilde, DenmarkHello all,
    Tutti Frutti by Little Richard was on Billboard US R&B placed as Nr.2.

    Regards
    Michael, Roskilde, Denmark.
  • Stefanie from Rock Hill, Sc"Elvis may be the king of rock 'n' roll, but I am the queen." That's really funny!!
  • Amy from Dallas, TxWasnt the line 'A wop bop a lu bop' In Grease?
  • Zeb from Charlotte, NcThey do have a film about Little Richar called "Little Richard" TV movie, but it doesn't really give his biography the justice it deserves.
  • Roxanne from Chattanooga, Tni'm embarrassed to say i HAVE the pat boone cover!
  • Shannon from Cm, CaLittle Richard already has a film biography. It was a T.V. movie on channel 4 i believe about 6-7 years ago.
  • Blake from Minden, LaYeah, tutti frutti was slang for a gay male... So its pretty obvious why the origional lyrics were "loose booty" lil richard was an avid homosexual before becoming a Seventh-day Adventist minister.
  • Don from Vancouver, B.c., CanadaLittle Richard deserves his biography on film - I especially want to seee the Evangelicals run for cover when the black gay side comes out.Jerry lee Lewis, Elvis. Buddy Holly and Ray Charles have had theirs. Its' Little Richard's turn. The true Queen of Rock N' Roll.
  • Greg from Little River, ScPaul McCartney as a beatle covered alot of LR's songs.
  • Brett from Edmonton, CanadaThe original line in the song was "A wop bop a lu bop, a good (deleted)!" This was, of course, before the lyrics were modified for white America. (And have you ever heard Pat Boone's cover of it?)
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