Friday, March 1, 2013

Rockin' Friday: Tutti Frutti

This week’s Rockin’ Friday tune is considered by some to be one of the earliest and most influential songs in rock n roll history. Little Richard wrote and recorded Tutti Frutti in 1955 and it quickly became his first big hit and brought his high pompadour hair and even higher falsetto voice national prominence.

With its opening line patterned after a drum solo in Little Richard’s head Tutti Frutti changed the course of rock with the famous line "A-wop-bom-a-loo-mop-a-lomp-bom-bom!" With simple lyrics about crushes named Sue and Daisy, Richard pounded his piano to come up with a truly memorable rock classic. And that is compounded in high energy with the “Tutti Frutti, Oh Rudy!” chorus that is repeated several times in the songs brief 2 ½ minutes.

This is a great kids' song because of the high energy involved and wonderfully catchy lyrics. My Little Dude loves listening to it in the car when I drive him to school. And I know it gets him energized for some high level playing once he gets there. 

Covered countless times over the last nearly 60 years, famous versions have been recorded by artists as diverse as Queen and Pat Boone. Oh Rudy, indeed!

Here's a great version from the opening of the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame & Museum in 1995, featuring Little Richard and an all-star backup band featuring, among others, Booker T. & the MGs: 

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