Tutti Frutti

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Words & Music: Dorothy LaBostrie/ Richard Penniman
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
Recorded: 1956/01/31, first released on Elvis Presley

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sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on May 23, 2013report abuse
I've just listened to both versions (are there more?), and must admid that I prefer Elvis' version. Little Richard's version is great, but lacks the manic tempo, singing and guitar playing off Elvis' version. Long live the King of rock 'n' roll, not the self acclaimed King of rock 'n' roll.
JimmyCool (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 22, 2013report abuse
I like it because... well, it's 1956 and Elvis was on fire! But the arrangement is poor, and the guitar solo really sucks.
ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 26, 2012report abuse
This is such a stellar, electrifying, fun, groovy, energetic, catchy and unique song and it's so much fun to dance along to and it's also so much fun to listen to. It's easily one of my most favorite Rock 'N' Roll songs that's ever been written. The best versions of it are by Little Richard and Elvis Presley. In my opinion, Little Richard's version is better.
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 16, 2012report abuse
One of the weaker rock songs from 1956, and one I sometimes skip. Conversely I always enjoy, the filmed version on the Dorsey Stage Shows, which is a mini master rock excerpt.
Cruiser621 (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 2, 2011report abuse
For the sheer joy of what rock 'n roll actually was you have only to listen to this outrageous high energy version by Elvis. It was what Elvis was all about - high energy and the pure adrenalin which made an 11 year old kid a lifetime fan. As John Lennon once said, "Before Elvis, there was nothing...." No truer words were ever spoken.
Deke Rivers 6 (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 2, 2011report abuse
Prefer the Little Richard version,Elvis sings it too fast,but better then the Pat Boone version.
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 2, 2011report abuse
I detest this song.
Volker Stockel (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 20, 2009report abuse
Tutti Frutti 1956 that was the Rock`n`Roll song and in the version of Elvis it became even more a Rocker than in the fine screaming version of Little Richard. ( I love both versions). Elvis was on the Top he just became the King and this song is part of Rock`n`Roll history.
bluesboy (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 20, 2009report abuse
This Little Richard classic which he recorded on september 14, 1955 epitomizes rock'n'roll. It's furious, it makes you wanna move and it got silly words. All qualities that made the grownups of that time shiver in fear. Of course nobody can't exceed the pure magic of Little Richard's version. This guy made a series of amazing rock'n'roll classics - Long tall Sally, Rip it up, Ready Teddy, Lucille, Baby face, Bama Lama Bama Loo - that stand the test of time. They cannot be surpassed. Elvis' version sounds youthful and playful but doesn't belong to his greatest work as a rocksinger.
Natha (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 20, 2009report abuse
One of his great songs that sky rocketed Elvis to a level that put him alone on top of all. It fits the dynamic singer he was in the fifties. A young Elvis at his peak which did last for e few years. Everything he did in those days topped all the originals easily. The ones that he could not do better, he didn't. And yes, not fitting the Elvis in the Seventies. Hence he skipped these or did short hurred versions. It is a little silly to sing those songs when you are older. Viz: Tom Jones.
Great Dane (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 20, 2009report abuse
I know this were the kind of songs which made him an icon,but i am glad he didn't do these songs his whole life. I'll give it 4 stars though.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 20, 2009report abuse
A rockabilly rave up. What a single backed with Blue Suede Shoes! Little Richard's original is one of the staples of rock and roll, much like Shoes, Maybelline, and Aint That A Shame. Elvis & Richard's are the only 2 versions of this song that should ever be allowed to be played. He did a great job, and lived up to the title of the only atomic powered singer from 1956!
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 20, 2009report abuse
A good version of the Little Richard hit from Elvis' first LP "Elvis Presley". This is far from a great song (the lyrics when you read them look like something Joy Byers would have written) and Little Richard's version is very overrated (in my opinion). Elvis puts a little more country flair to this one, as opposed to the original, but overall it is one of the lesser tracks from his legendary first album.
Pedro Nuno (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 20, 2009report abuse
This was the song that got me into Elvis and Rock'n'Roll. Better than the original, although it doesn't deny it. Love You Elvis the Pelvis.
TBG (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 20, 2009report abuse
A great song. Elvis in '56 could not go wrong because of all the energy Elvis had back then. I even love Poor Boy and Let Me from "Love Me Tender". Not great songs but the love the "atomic powered Elvis" - sounds like he's on speed or something. Full of energy. Before going to the gym I often listen to those songs from '56, gives me all the energy I need for a good workout!! Speaking of Tutti Frutti, I love the Dorsey-version, where something funny obviously happens off camera that we dont see, he starts to smile and does the thing with his tongue.. I wish that Parker and Hollywood hadn't screwed him up the way they did.. But hey, let's enjoy what's out there, lots of great Elvis music!!!!
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 1, 2009report abuse
This is the only decent version next to Little Richard's original. Almost as good, but its done in the rockabilly vein, so it stands alone. Poor Pat Boone.

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