Little Richard

Tutti Frutti

Composed by Dorothy LaBostrie / Little Richard / Robert "Bumps" Blackwell

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"Tutti Frutti" was the first rock & roll record where America got to hear an African-American gospel singer (Richard Penniman) sing with the brakes off. No amount of R&B crooning prepared the nation for the kind of culture shock that greeted most of them when the needle hit the disc and Little Richard started howling on the family phonograph; there had simply been nothing like him before this. Even his own earlier sides for RCA and Peacock only gave a glimmer of the boiled-over madness that seeped from this performance. It all signaled the coming of rock & roll to the mainstream, spelling out R&R in blood red letters; this was not a record to be middle of the road about, it had its opponents who saw it as the beginning of the end of civilization as they knew it. Elvis Presley's cover version (which wasn't issued until a year after Richard's version had finished its chart run) flushed the song even further into the mainstream, making the song synonymous with the '50s juvenile delinquent movement. Unfortunately, the intervening years of constantly being used in '50s revival skits and movies has robbed the song of much of its bombastic power, making the song now no more potent than "At the Hop" or any other "happy days sock hop" icons of the ground floor days of the music.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Here's Little Richard 1957 P-Vine Records
No Image 1958 Specialty Records
Greatest Hits [Onyx] 1959 Retro Records 2:24
No Image 1968 Specialty Records
No Image 1969 Musical Memories
The Second Coming [Charly] 1971 Charly Records 2:24
Rip It Up [Joy] 1973 Chameleon Music Group / Capitol / Chameleon
No Image 1976 MFP
No Image 1977 Warwick
Kings of Rock'n'Roll [Bellaphon] 1978
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 1:00
No Image 197?
Various Artists
Specialty Records
He's Got It 1984 Newsound 2000
The Essential 1985 Specialty Records 2:26
Super Oldies of the 50's, Vol. 6 1986
Various Artists
Audio Fidelity
No Image 1987 Castle Music Ltd.
20 Greatest Hits [Deluxe 1987] 1987 Deluxe 2:23
King of Rock 'n' Roll [Entertainers] 1988 Entertainers
Cocktail 1988
Original Soundtrack
Elektra 2:24
The Specialty Sessions [Box Set] 1989 Ace
The Specialty Sessions 1989 Specialty Records 2:27
His Greatest Recordings 1990 Ace
No Image 1990 Motown
The Georgia Peach 1991 Specialty Records 2:25
Eis Am Stiel 1991
Original Soundtrack
Ariola
No Image 1991 Laserlight 2:15
The Fabulous 50's [K-Tel] 1991
Various Artists
Dominion / Dominion 2:20
Rhythm & Blues: 1955 1992
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
The Wildest! 1993 Charly Records 2:23
Tribute to Black Entertainers 1993
Various Artists
Columbia 1:20
The E.P. Collection 1993 See For Miles Records
His Best 1993 Dominion / Dominion 2:21
Long Tall Sally [Retro] 1994 St. Clair / Retro Music 2:23
Mega Mix 1995 K-Tel Distribution
Golden Hits of the 50's & 60's 1995
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:24
The Best of Little Richard [Platinum Pop] 1995 Platinum Pop 2:21
Killer Cuts 1995 Public Music 2:28
Greatest Songs 1995 Curb 2:20
Crescent City Soul: The Sound of New Orleans 1996
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution / Capitol 2:22
The London Rock & Roll Show 1996
Various Artists
Magnum Collectors 1:50
I Love Rock & Roll: Hits of the '50s 1996
Various Artists
Priority Records / Priority 2:26
Double Gold Hits, Vol. 2 1996
Various Artists
Public Music
Only Dance 1955-1959 1997
Various Artists
Rhino / JCI Associated Labels 2:26
Rock 'N' Roll Nonstop Party Mix 1997
Various Artists
ZYX Music
Rock & Roll Beach Party 1997
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:26
Rock n' Roll Reunion: Class of 56 1997
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:25
Preacher King of Rock N' Roll 1997 Classic World Productions, Inc. 2:22
Little Richard [Valmark] 1997 Valmark
Rock N' Roll Legends 1997
Various Artists
Mega Stars 2:42
The Best of Rock 'N' Roll Hits of the 50's 1997
Various Artists
Excelsior Recordings 2:20
Box of Funny Wacky Favorites 1998
Various Artists
Dominion / K-Tel Distribution 2:23
50's Greatest Rock & Roll Hits 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:26
Why Do Fools Fall in Love: Original Versions 1998
Original Soundtrack
Rhino 2:24
Millennium's Greatest Rock N Roll Party 1998
Various Artists
Connoisseur 2:25
Non-Stop Dancing [Madacy] 1998
Various Artists
Madacy 2:20
Non Stop Hits: R&R of 50's 60's & 70's 1998
Various Artists
Madacy 2:32
Ultimate Legends of Rock 'N' Roll 1998
Various Artists
The Ultimate Music Collection 2:21
The Best of Little Richard [Madacy] 1999 Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:20
DJ Don's Party Mix: Dance Party 1999
Various Artists
Power Records (Fitness/Dance) 2:28
40 Hits: 1955-1959 1999
Various Artists
Millennium Hits (Netherlands) 2:24
Loud, Fast & Out of Control: The Wild Sounds of the '50s [Box] 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 2:24
The Original British Hit Singles 1999 Ace 2:24
Lucille [Sound Dimension] 1999 Sound Ideas / Sound Dimension 2:26
The Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Album of All Time 1999
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 2:28
Rock 'N' Roll Hits 1999 Dressed To Kill 2:28
The Very Best of 2000 Cleopatra 2:28
Whole Lotta Rock 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:28
Roots of Rock 'N' Roll 2000 Direct Source 2:28
Rock 'n' Roll Memories [Box Set] 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:28
The '50s [K-Tel] 2000
Various Artists
Dominion 2:23
Whole Lotta Shakin' [Legend] 2000 Delta Distribution / Legend 2:29
Rock 'n' Roll Great 2000
Various Artists
Dog 'n Roll 2:27
Great Little Richard 2000 Red X
The Best of the Vee-Jay Years, Vol. 2 2000 Collectables 2:23
Forever Gold: 50's Decade 2000
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:26
From Andres Segovia to Jimi Hendrix: History of the Guitar-From Renaissance to Rock and 2000
Various Artists
Legacy 2:25
Original Artists Hits of the 50's 2000
Various Artists
MRA
No Image 2001 Sony Music Distribution 1:19
The 50's Decade: Rock 'n' Roll 2001
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:24
Talking 'Bout Soul 2001 RPM 2:25
Back to Black: 1900-1999 2001
Various Artists
Universal International 2:25
Forever Gold: Roots of Rock 'N' Roll 2001
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:25
Blast from the Past: Little Richard 2001 Direct Source 2:23
Specialty Records Greatest Hits 2001
Various Artists
Specialty Records 2:27
James Dean Era 2001
Various Artists
Cleopatra 2:40
Tutti Frutti [Columbia River] 2001 Columbia River Entertainment Group / Allegro Corporation 2:24
American Bandstand 2001
Various Artists
Band Stand 2:24
Party Hits: 50's & 60's 2001
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:24
That's Rock and Roll 2001
Various Artists
Golden Stars 2:24
Soul Classics [Columbia River] 2001
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:24
The Rock N' Roll Years 2001
Various Artists
Legacy 2:19
Teenage Idols [CD #4] 2001
Various Artists
Disky 2:23
Shakin' & Screamin' with Little Richard 2002 Laserlight / Delta Distribution 2:29
Hollywood's Greatest 2002
Various Artists
Golden Stars
Ultimate Jukebox Collection [Ross] 2002
Various Artists
Ross Records 2:24
Very Best 2002 BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) 2:25
The Legends Collection: Rock 'n' Roll Teenagers 2002
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill / Legends Collection 2:24
Peppermint Twist 2002
Various Artists
Laserlight
Rocking with the Georgia Peach 2002 Snapper / Recall (UK) 2:22
Keep a Knockin': The Best of Little Richard 2002 Repertoire 2:25
The London Rock & Roll Show [CD] 2002
Various Artists
The Store for Music
Rock and Roll Generation, Vol. 1 2003
Various Artists
Compendia Music Group 2:21
Rockin' with Little Richard 2003 Castle Pulse 2:24
Fabulous 50's [2003 Madacy Box] 2003
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:24
Best of the 50's and 60's, Vol. 4 [United Audio] 2003
Various Artists
United Audio Entertainment 2:22
Best of Happy Days 2003
Various Artists
Northquest 2:24
Rock 'N' Roll Party Time 2003
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:25
Tutti Frutti [Dynamic] 2003 Dynamic 2:22
Rock and Roll at Fifty: A Galaxy of Hits from Rock's First Decade 2003
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 2:22
Elite: Rock 'N' Roll 2003
Various Artists
Rajon Entertainment Pty Ltd.
The Rock & Roll Years [Disc 3] 2003
Various Artists
Disky 2:00
Queen of the Hop: Hits of the 50's 2004
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:22
Gold Collection: Party Rock 'N' Roll Hits 2004
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:25
Let the Good Times Roll, Vol. 1 2004
Various Artists
Liberty / Liberty 2:25
The Greatest Gold Hits 2004 MCS Records / Master Classics 2:27
Golden Era of Rock 'n' Roll: 1954-1963 2004
Various Artists
Hip-O 2:24
London Rock & Roll Show: Encore Series 2004
Various Artists
St. Clair Vision
Rock N Roll: Gold Collection 2004
Various Artists
Dejavu Retro 2:26
Last Call's Happy Hour 2004
Various Artists
Ota Dance 2:27
The Rock 'n' Roll Collection [Cadiz] 2004
Various Artists
Pazzazz / Cadiz 2:26
The  King of Rock 'n' Roll [Synergy] 2004 SynErgy Entertainment 2:25
Rock N Roll EP Collection, Vol. 2 2004
Various Artists
Magic
Ultimate Decades [Box] 2004
Various Artists
United Audio Entertainment 2:22
Legends and Heroes 2004
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:25
Good Days: Rock N' Roll 50 2005
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
The London Rock & Roll Show [Benz-Street DVD] 2005
Various Artists
Benz-Street
Golden Era of the 50's [Bonus DVD] 2005
Various Artists
Madacy 2:24
No Image 2005
Various Artists
Legacy
Blowing the Fuse: 29 R&B Classics That Rocked the Jukebox in 1955 2005
Various Artists
Bear Family Records 2:24
She's Got It 2005 Pazzazz 2:26
The Best of Little Richard [Master Classics] 2005 Master Classics 2:27
No Image 2005 Pop Legends
Rock'n Roll Legends 2005
Various Artists
Box Records
Baby Face 2005 Pazzazz 2:26
Simply Rock 'N' Roll 2005
Various Artists
Union Square Music 2:23
Rock Around the Clock: 36 All Time Rock and Roll C 2005
Various Artists
Union Square Music 2:24
Best of Little Richard [Direct Source] 2005 Direct Source 2:23
Rock Around the Clock [Plat] 2005
Various Artists
Goldies
The R'n'b Hits of 1955 2006
Various Artists
Castle Music 2:25
Golden Legends: Little Richard Live 2006 Madacy 2:23
Best of Little Richard [Platinum Disc] 2006 Platinum Disc 2:25
The Best of Little Richard: The Vee Jay Years 2006 Metro 2:23
Golden Rockin Hits 2006 CBUJ Distribution 2:25
Tutti Frutti [Magic] 2006 Magic
Fabulous 50s: Yakety Yak 2006
Various Artists
Laserlight 2:24
Here's Little Richard/Little Richard 2006 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab 2:27
The Blues Had a Baby...They Called It Rock 'N' Roll 2006
Various Artists
Primo Records 2:25
20th Century Masters: Best of 50s Rock N Roll, Vol. 2 2006
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:24
The History of Rock 'N' Roll 2006
Various Artists
Deja Vu
Surfin' U.S.A.: Beach Party 2006
Various Artists
Compass Productions
Forever Gold: The 50s Decade 2007
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:26
Heartbreak Hotel [Essential Gold] 2007
Various Artists
Dynamic 2:25
Rock Hits: 18 Greatest 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:23
The Essential Blue Archive: He's Got It 2007 SPV Blue Label 2:26
Classics 2007 KRB Music 2:24
Rock N Roll 50's Pioneers 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:23
101 Jukebox Classics 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:23
Roots of Rock 'N' Roll, Vol. 2 2007
Various Artists
Hallmark / Hallmark Recordings 2:21
The Rock 'N' Roll Explosion: 120 Hits That Rocked the World 2007
Various Artists
Acrobat 2:24
Birth of Rock: 18 Greatest 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:23
Rock and Roll of the 50s [Madacy 2007] 2007
Various Artists
Madacy 2:24
Simply Party 2007
Various Artists
Union Square Music
Little Richard Rocks 2007 Musicpro 2:25
Dick Clark's American Bandstand 50th Anniversary 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:25
Tutti Frutti: Selected Singles 1951-56 2007 Saga Jazz / Saga Records 2:25
Weller: Soul & Fire 2007
Various Artists
Uncut Music 2:23
Long Tall Sally [LT Series] 2008 Lt Series
1957 British Hit Parade, Pt. 1 2008
Various Artists
Acrobat 2:22
Yesterday's Gold: 60 Golden Oldies of the 50's 2008
Various Artists
Remember Records
Rock 'N' Roll Live: The Gold Album 2008
Various Artists
Retro Records
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Delta 2:23
Rock 'N' Roll Legends 2008 Concord 2:26
Rock 'N' Roll: The Essential Collection 2008
Various Artists
Avid Jazz / West End Records 2:24
Well Worn Grooves: Golden Oldies of the 50's 2008
Various Artists
Golden Stars 2:24
A Legend in Rock 'n' Roll 2008 Music & Melody / ZYX Music 2:24
Rock 'N' Roll Heroes [3 Discs] 2008
Various Artists
ZYX / ZYX Music / Zyz 2:24
Eis Am Stiel Very Best Of - Die Schonsten Hits Der Und 60er Jahre! 2008
Various Artists
Edel Entertainment / Edel Records 2:22
The Very Best of Little Richard [Specialty] 2008 Fantasy / Specialty Records / Universal Gmbh 2:26
Purely Rock N Roll 2008
Various Artists
Delta Distribution / Tbc 2:24
Rolling Stone: The Pioneers of Rock 'N' Roll 2008
Various Artists
Universal 2:23
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Universal B.V. / Universal Distribution 2:22
Live at the Toronto Peace Festiveal 1969 [Video] 2009 Shout! Factory
Rock 'N' Roll Hits: Original 50's Recordings 2009
Various Artists
Dance Street 2:23
The Roots of Bob Dylan 2009
Various Artists
Proper Box 2:22
No Image 2009 Cleopatra
No Image 2009
Various Artists
Snapper 2:21
When Dad Was a Lad: Hits of the Fifties 2009
Various Artists
Hallmark Recordings 2:25
Ready Teddy 2009 Snapper / Snapper Music 2:25
25 Rock 'N' Roll Hits, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Tring 2:28
No Image LM
No Image
Various Artists
Eurotrend 2:21
No Image Grudge
No Image
Various Artists
Rockin' & Rollin' 50's
Various Artists
Prestige 2:26
No Image
Various Artists
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: R&B Gems - 1954-1955 [1]
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
Triple Value Rock & Roll
Various Artists
Rajon Entertainment Pty Ltd.
Twogether Rock N Roll
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
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