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Tutti Frutti

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Basic Stats

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Written by: Richard Penniman, Dorothy LaBostrie

January 31, 1956, RCA Studios, New York
Released master is take 10.

Single:w/ "Blue Suede Shoes", RCA 47-6636, August 31, 1956
Also re-released as Gold Standard Series, 447-0609, September 30, 1958

RIAA Certified: Gold (as of 07/15/1999)

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
Single didn't chart

1st LP release: Elvis Presley - March 23, 1956
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My Spin

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Elvis covered three Little Richard songs on his second album, but his first album contained his take on "Tutti Frutti", Richard's manic first hit! There's no way Elvis could've outshined Richard's performance, but he does manage to make it a wild ride, a little faster in tempo and completely in line with the rockabilly style that Elvis, Scotty and Bill had now perfected. If the famous flip-side was Elvis taking a rockabilly tune and making it rock-n-roll, then "Tutti Frutti" was the reverse.

Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)

"Tutti Frutti" [is] another incomparable performance. Presley's vocal work is sensational; anybody who wants to be a rock singer should study each inflection of this recording. The fierce beat is sustained with solid power; above it the guitar flickers intermittently until it breaks out in the fiery solo. The ending - a genuine early touch of echo - is quite astonishing.

Robert Matthew-Walker, Elvis Presley: A Study in Music, 1979

Elvis took Little Richard's smash head-on; the result was something as crazed, but not as awe-inspiring. Still, loads of fun.

Martin Torgoff, The Complete Elvis, 1982

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"Tutti Frutti" Lyrics and Downloads

Wop-bop-a-loom-a-boom-bam-boom tutti frutti
au rutti tutti frutti au rutti tutti frutti
au rutti tutti frutti au rutti tutti frutti
au rutti wop-bop-a-loom-bop-a-boom-bam-boom

Got a gal named Sue
She knows just what to do
She rocks to the east
She rocks to the west
She's the gal I love best

I 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 does to me
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Tutti Frutti karaoke - Little RichardTutti Frutti
Little Richard

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Yea! Rockabilly Classic!

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