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Little Richard’s ‘Tutti Frutti’ was actually a graphic, NSFW tribute to hardcore anal sex

Richard Penniman, better known as Little Richard, once sang a little ditty called “Tutti Frutti”, a song which, at its core, captured the rhythms, euphoria and tribulations that all come with hardcore anal sex.

“Tutti Frutti” is that song we’ve all danced to in wedding receptions held in blank community centres, at fruit punch-filled high school proms and church picnics.

But as we all belted “a-wop-bop-a-loo-bop, a-lop-bam-boom!”, we were actually all cheerily jiving to a song once about graphic anal sex.

Penniman blended the sacred, bellowing shouts of the Black church with the woozy blues to create rock ‘n’ roll. His death Saturday sent seismic shockwaves across a world increasingly numb to devastation amid the coronavirus pandemic.

As countless dedicated fans and a new wave of listeners dust off vinyl records to listen to Penniman, some are looking back to “Tutti Frutti” and it’s rather raucous history as a song.

‘Tutti Frutti’ by Little Richard originally about anal sex: ‘You can grease it, make it easy.’
In the patchwork of claims about the history of the song, it was Penniman’s take of a short song he’d heard performed at nightclubs.

On September 14, 1955, Penniman, 22, hopped into a New Orleans studio to make his first recordings for Specialty Records.

The pressure was on for Penniman, after four years of trying and failing to make hits for RCA and Peacock Records.

Yet, none of his demo tapes seemed to capture his pounding-the-piano, swing-his-dripping-shirt-like-a-helicopter-mid-performance style.

Producer Bumps Blackwell called lunch, as the crew swung by Dew Drop Inn.

“Richard saw a piano and a crowd of people,” Blackwell recounted, according to The Guardian.

“He was one of those people who’s always on stage, and he hit the piano and hollered: ‘A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-good-God-damn!’

“And those were the cleanest words of it.”

So, what were those “un-clean” words then?

Penniman was singing a ditty he’d heard performed as a filler in nightclubs before, where the original lyrics, according to Penniman’s drummer Charles Connor, ran like this:

Tutti Frutti, good booty 

If it’s tight, it’s alright 

If it’s greasy, it makes it easy

Although, some claim the original lyrics went something like this:

Tutti Frutti, good booty 

If it don’t fit, don’t force it 

You can grease it, make it easy.

https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2020/05/11/little-richard-tutti-frutti-gay-anal-sex-bumps-blackwell-charles-connor-death/

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