Little Richard

Tutti Frutti

Composed by Dorothy LaBostrie / Little Richard / Joe Lubin

Song Review by

"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 Concord / Fantasy / Specialty Records 2:26
Greatest Hits [Onyx] 1959 Prime Kutz / Prime Cuts 2:26
No Image 1968 JDC Records / Specialty Records
Rip It Up [Joy] 1973 Chameleon Music Group / Capitol / Chameleon 0:00
No Image 1976 GNP
No Image 1976
Various Artists
MCA 2:23
No Image 1976 MFP
No Image 1977 Warwick
No Image 197?
Various Artists
Specialty Records
No Image 1984
Various Artists
MGM / UA
18 Greatest Hits 1985 Rhino
Rock and Roll: The Early Days 1985
Various Artists
RCA
21 Rock N Roll Hits at the Movies 1986
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:22
22 Classic Cuts 1986 Ace 2:25
Cruisin' 1956 1986
Various Artists
Increase Records 2:40
Cruisin' 1956-1957 1986
Various Artists
2:21
Down and Out in Beverly Hills 1986
Original Soundtrack
2:26
Super Oldies of the 50's, Vol. 6 1986
Various Artists
Audio Fidelity
16 Greatest Hits 1987 Bescol
No Image 1987 Mercury
Back to the '50s, Vol. 2 1988
Various Artists
Dominion 2:21
No Image 1988 Lifetime
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: 1954-1955 1988
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:26
No Image 1989
Various Artists
Rhino
No Image 1989
Various Artists
Warwick
The Best of the Shakin' 50s 1989
Various Artists
Priority Records
His Greatest Recordings 1990 Ace
Golden Years 1956 1990
Various Artists
Dominion / K-Tel Distribution 2:25
The Georgia Peach 1991 Specialty Records 2:25
Eis Am Stiel 1991
Original Soundtrack
Ariola
The Fabulous 50's [K-Tel] 1991
Various Artists
Dominion 2:20
Tribute to Black Entertainers 1993
Various Artists
Columbia 1:20
The E.P. Collection 1993 See For Miles Records
His Best 1993 Dominion 2:21
Hi-Fi Rock & Roll Party 1993
Various Artists
Ace 2:24
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
No Image 1995 Prime Cuts
Crescent City Soul: The Sound of New Orleans 1996
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution / Capitol 2:22
I Love Rock & Roll: Hits of the '50s 1996
Various Artists
Priority Records 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
21 Winners: Rock 'N' Roll Hits of the 50's [1997] 1997
Various Artists
Madacy 2:20
Best of Little Richard [1997 Madacy] 1997 Madacy 4:07
3 for 3: Chubby Checker, Little Richard & Fats Domino 1997 St. Clair / 3 for 3
1950's Rock N Roll 1997
Various Artists
Madacy 2:20
Little Richard [Valmark] 1997 Valmark
Roots of Rock N' Roll, Set #2 1997 CRG
The Best of Rock 'N' Roll Beach Party 1997
Various Artists
Excelsior Recordings 2:20
The Best of Rock 'N' Roll Hits of the 50's 1997
Various Artists
Excelsior Recordings 2:20
Rockin 88's: Their Greatest Hits 1998 Beacon Records
Roots of Rock n' Roll 1998 Boxsets 2:24
Loud, Fast & Out of Control: The Wild Sounds of the '50s [Box] 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 2:24
Rock 'N' Roll Hits 1999 Dressed To Kill 2:28
Whole Lotta Rock 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:28
Roots of Rock 'N' Roll 2000 Direct Source 2:28
The '50s [K-Tel] 2000
Various Artists
Dominion / K-Tel Distribution 2:23
From Andres Segovia to Jimi Hendrix: History of the Guitar-From Renaissance to Rock and 2000
Various Artists
Legacy 2:25
No Image 2001 Sony Music Distribution 1:19
Talking 'Bout Soul 2001 RPM 2:25
Forever Gold: Roots of Rock 'N' Roll 2001
Various Artists
St. Clair 0:00
Blast from the Past: Little Richard 2001 Direct Source 2:23
Teenage Idols [4 Discs] 2001
Various Artists
Disky Communications 2:23
50's Summer Dance Party 2001
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:24
Legendary Party Hits 2001
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:24
Tutti Frutti [Columbia River] 2001 Columbia River Entertainment Group / Allegro Corporation 2:24
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:24
Legendary Soul [Columbia River] 2001
Various Artists
Allegro Corporation 2:24
Party Hits: 50's & 60's 2001
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:24
Say It Loud! A Celebration of Black Music in America 2001
Original TV Soundtrack
Rhino 2:26
Soul Classics [Columbia River] 2001
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:24
Rock 'N' Roll Teenagers Collection, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 2:24
The 50's Decade [Boxsets 2002] 2002
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:24
Shakin' & Screamin' with Little Richard 2002 Laserlight / Delta Distribution 2:29
All-Time Greatest Hits 2002 Dominion Entertainment / K-Tel / K-Tel Distribution 2:21
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
Forever Gold: Gold Collection: Party Favorites 2002
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:25
20 Greatest Hits [Platinum Disc] 2003 Platinum Disc 2:38
Best of Happy Days 2003
Various Artists
Northquest 2:24
Rock 'N' Roll Party Time 2003
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:25
Queen of the Hop: Hits of the 50's 2004
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:22
Let the Good Times Roll, Vol. 1 2004
Various Artists
Liberty 2:25
Golden Era of the 50's [Bonus DVD] 2005
Various Artists
Madacy 2:24
50s Golden Memories 2005
Various Artists
Legacy 2:23
The Best of Little Richard [Master Classics] 2005 Master Classics 2:27
1957 British Hit Parade, Pt. 1 2008
Various Artists
Acrobat Music 2:22
Rock 'N' Roll Legends 2008 Concord 2:26
101 Rock 'N' Roll Songs 2008
Various Artists
Virgin 2:23
No Image Phantom
No Image Charly Records
No Image
Various Artists
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: R&B Gems - 1954-1955 [1]
Various Artists
Time / Life Music