500 Greatest Songs of All Time

43

Little Richard, 'Tutti-Frutti'

Writers: Dorothy La Bostrie, Richard Penniman, Joe Lubin
Producer: Robert "Bumps" Blackwell
Released: Dec. '55, Specialty
12 weeks; No. 17

"I'd been singing 'Tutti-Frutti' for years," said Richard, "but it never struck me as a song you'd record." Blackwell asked La Bostrie, a young songwriter who had been pestering him for work, to clean up the filthy original lyrics ("Tutti Frutti, good booty/If it don't fit, don't force it/You can grease it, make it easy"). "Fifteen minutes before the session was to end, the chick comes in and puts these little trite lyrics in front of me," said Blackwell. Richard cleaned up his own "Awop-bop-a-loo-mop a-good-goddamn" and loaded La Bostrie's doggerel with sexual dynamite.

Appears on: The Georgia Peach (Specialty)

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