Little Richard - Tutti Frutti

First performance: 13/04/2002


Coverinfo

Bruce performed the song only once:
 
2002-04-13 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK
 
Private benefit for the Rumson Country Day School. Guests, besides friends and family, were parents and school supporters, who contributed $1,000 per couple to the school for admission, and teachers from the school, who were reportedly invited for free. Springsteen announced his contribution a couple of months previous at a private fundraising event for the school. Bruce is accompanied by Patti Scialfa, Soozie Tyrell, Lisa Lowell, Southside Johnny and Bobby Bandiera with his band (including Bob Burger, Steve Shews, Joey Stann, Mike Mancini, and Joe Bellia).
 
 
 

Songinfo

"Tutti Frutti" (meaning "all fruits" in Italian) is a song written by Little Richard along with Dorothy LaBostrie that was recorded in 1955 and became his first major hit record. With its opening cry of "A-wop-bop-a-loo-mop-a-lop-bom-bom!" (a verbal rendition of a drum pattern that Little Richard had imagined) and its hard-driving sound and wild lyrics, it became not only a model for many future Little Richard songs, but also a model for rock and roll itself. The song introduced several of rock music's most characteristic musical features, including its loud volume and vocal style emphasizing power, and its distinctive beat and rhythm.
 
 
 

Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist

Bruce had 3 appearances together with Little Richard :
 
1988-01-20 - WALDORF-ASTORIA HOTEL, NY
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: Together with Little Richard in an all starr performance
 
1 989-01-18 - WALDORF-ASTORIA HOTEL, NY
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: Together with Little Richard in an all starr performance
 
1995-11-19 - SHRINE AUDITORIUM, LA
Frank Sinatra 80th Birthday Concert
 
 
During the SiriusXM radio Lockdown DJ show Volume 4, "From His Home to Yours" broadcast on Wednesday, May 20, Bruce played 3 songs of Little Richard who recently passed away. He played: 
 
1. Born on the Bayou
2. Tutti Fruti 
3. Get Down With It 
 
Bruce's comment on Little Richard: 
 
"That was one of the founding fathers of rock and roll and its preeminent vocal genius. And there he profoundly explained in my opinion why and how he does what he does. He came out of Macon, Georgia to take the nation, the world and your body and soul by storm. His art was filled with absurdity, dead seriousnees, great humor and sex, sex, sex. He is one of a handful of men who changed the face of world culture. He crossed racial boundaries, he challenged gender norms and he had the time of his life. Here once again is the High Priest of Rock and Roll. Rest in Peace Richard."
  

Lyrics

Bop bopa-a-lu a whop bam boo
Tutti frutti, oh Rudy
Tutti frutti, woo
Tutti frutti, oh Rudy
Tutti frutti, oh Rudy
Tutti frutti, oh Rudy
A whop bop-a-lu a whop bam boo
Got a girl named Sue, she knows just what to do
I got a girl named Sue, she knows just what to do
She rock to the east, she rocks to the west
But she's the girl that I know best
Tutti frutti, oh Rudy
Tutti frutti, woo
Tutti frutti, oh Rudy
Tutti frutti, oh Rudy
Tutti frutti, oh Rudy
A whop bop-a-lu a whop bam boo
Got a girl named Daisy, she almost drives me crazy
I got a girl named Daisy, she almost drives me crazy
She knows how to love me, yes indeed
Boy, you don't know what you're doin' to me
Tutti frutti, oh Rudy
Tutti frutti, woo
Tutti frutti, oh Rudy
Tutti frutti, oh Rudy
Tutti frutti, oh Rudy
A whop bop-a-lu a whop oww
Tutti frutti, oh Rudy
Tutti frutti, woo
Tutti frutti, oh Rudy
Tutti frutti, oh Rudy
Tutti frutti, oh Rudy
A whop bop-a-lu a whop bam boo
Got a girl named Daisy, she almost drives me crazy
Got a girl named Daisy, she almost drives me crazy
She knows how to love me, yes indeed
Boy, you don't know what you're doin' to me
Tutti frutti, oh Rudy
Tutti frutti, woo
Tutti frutti, oh Rudy
Tutti frutti, oh Rudy
Tutti frutti, oh Rudy
A whop bop-a-lu a whop bam boo