Thursday, April 2, 2015

Tutti Frutti

The original lyrics of Little Richard's song Tutti Frutti were about gay sex and rather pornographic. Frutti was slang for gay acting. The original text was "Tutti Frutti, good booty, if it don't fit, don't force it, you can grease it, make it easy."The words were changed to make it more acceptable and the song became one of the first instant crossover hits in 1955.

Here are the cleaned up lyrics we all know and love:
Wop bop a loo bop a lop bam boom!
[Chorus:]
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!
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 rocks to the East, she rocks to the West,
She is the gal that I love best,
Tutti frutti, ...
[Chorus]
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's doin' to me,
Tutti frutti, ...


You can read more about this song's history at Schmoop.

But THIS is one of my favorite Little Richard's songs - 'I FEEL PRETTY'.
He gives a whole new vibe to the musical play, "West Side Story," doesn't he?