Talk:Tutti Frutti (song)

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Is it a copyright violation to give the complete lyric here?

  • Yes. Deltabeignet 04:19, 20 May 2006 (UTC)
    • wtf, no it isn't.

More information[edit]

I wish someone would give more information on this song. It is one of the most well-known of all 50s songs.

Lyrics info that is uncited or from unreliable sources[edit]

I just removed all the uncited info about the lyrics to the song. Please find a reliable source before readding.

Also any info about living people (such as the singer's person life) must have a citation from a reliable source. Blog entries where anyone can write what they want is not a reliable source. Please see [[WP:BLP|Biographies of Living people policy and adhere to it before readding the information (i.e. don't readd it withou citing a reliable source)--Roswell native 20:36, 14 February 2007 (UTC)

tutti frutti[edit]

The song tutti frutti was also a jazz song from late 30's (1938-1939). I don't know much about it other than it was performed by Slim Gaillard and Slam Stewart. I have never heard any other versions so I don't know if this version is related to the song from the 50's or not. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 20:19, 8 March 2007 (UTC).

"A wop bop a loo mop, a good goddam! / Tutti frutti, loose booty / If it don’t fit, don’t force it / You can grease it, make it easy."

--- That's the dirtiest thing I've ever read —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:04, 14 October 2007 (UTC)

More importantly, it doesn't fit the rhythm of the song. Tutti Frutti, like lots of old time rock songs, has a pattern of repeating the words 5 times, changing the pitch (of the background music) on the third, and winding up for the punch at the fifth. The ribald lyrics only have 6 bars out of the necessary 10. Y'dig? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:07, 7 May 2008 (UTC)
Oh wait, did they just repeat each couplet 5 times? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:59, 3 December 2009 (UTC)

Racial Connotations?[edit]

This is a misrepresentation of something taken out of a very generalized statement in an article about Pat Boone.

Due to the song’s huge popularity with white teenagers, Pat Boone’s “whitewash” cover of the song was created in order to “sanitize the image of rock-and-roll in the 50’s and 60’s”, thereby producing a cleaned up version that appealed to a wider and whiter audience."[1] Many, many songs were recorded over and over again to make money selling music in styles that various audiences wanted to hear. 23:10, 18 February 2009 (UTC)

Tutti Frutti Lyric[edit]

Charles White's "Life and Times of Little Richard: The Authorized Biography" indicates the following in relation to part of the lyrics for "Tutti Fruitti":

"Awop-Bop-a-Loo-Mop Alop-Bam-Boom

Tutti Fruitti, Aw-Rootie (5 times)..."

I find it interesting that lyrics on the net and in this LR article indicate that the one line is "tutti frutti all rootie." Further, this article now explains what "all" rootie meant at the time. Perhaps, "all" is pronounced "aw" and that's why the lyrics are printed that way in White's authorized biography. as it stands in the article, the spelling does not seem to be correct.--Smoovedogg (talk) 23:55, 12 October 2009 (UTC)

The real lyrics[edit]

According to Charles Connor, Little Richard's drummer back in the 50s, the original lyrics are:

Tutti frutti, good booty
If it's tight, it's alright
If it's greasy, it makes it so easy

Source: --Stormwatch (talk) 09:37, 6 July 2015 (UTC)

Indeed, that's what he said in the BBC documentary - which I don't think is a reliable source in itself, nor is YouTube - and it's summarised here. Clearly, there were different versions of the bawdy lyrics around - probably improvised. We need to include what is set out in reliable published sources, but I'm not averse to tweaking the wording a little. Ghmyrtle (talk) 09:44, 6 July 2015 (UTC)

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  1. ^ Dixon, Keith. "Pat Boone, Minus Those White Bucks." The New York Times 04 May 1997, Late ed., sec. 220