Saturday, November 26, 2005

Little Richard charted with “Tutti Frutti” 50 years ago today (11/26/1955)

Last updated 4/15/2020.

Tutti Frutti

Little Richard

Writer(s): Little Richard, Dorothy LaBostrie (see lyrics here)

Released: October 1955

First Charted: November 26, 1955

Peak: 17 US, 10 CB, 2 RB, 29 UK (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): -- US, -- UK, -- world (includes US + UK)

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 31.53 video, -- streaming


About the Song:

The 22-year-old Richard Penniman, aka “Little Richard,” was looking for a breakthrough in 1955 when he went into a New Orleans recording studio to lay down his first tracks for Specialty Records. He “started extemporizing verses of ‘Tutti Frutti,’ a risque feature of his club sets.” NRR As he said, “I’d been singing ‘Tutti-Frutti’ for years, but it never struck me as a song you’d record.” RS500

Lyrics like “Tutti frutti, loose booty/ If it don’t fit, don’t force it/ You can grease it, make it easy” were deemed too raunchy, “so Dorothy La Bostrie was called in to sanitize them; she gave Richard a gal named Sue (“She knows just what to do”) and another named Daisy (“She almost drive me crazy”). TM The results made the song “barely eligible for radio airplay.” MA

“Kids scrambled to decipher the meaning of the sounds emitted by the pompadoured piano dervish…but really, the words weren’t nearly as important as the remorselessly frenetic beat, the propulsive piano work and the primal, screaming vocal.” TM Jimi Hendrix, who worked as a sideman for Richard in 1964, said, “I want to do with my guitar what Little Richard does with his voice.” TM

Little Richard “fused a unique falsetto and gospel scream that simultaneously oozed sexuality and spirituality. His performances and wardrobe were wild and outlandish. His androgynous stage persona would be reflected by Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, and Prince. FR The man who’d grown up in the South “black, gay, and outrageous…was so far out he was in.” SA His first chart single became a signature in the early days of rock and roll, cementing him as one of the genre’s forefathers.

Resources and Related Links:

Friday, November 4, 2005

Aha released Analogue

First posted 9/9/2020.



Released: November 4, 2005

Peak: -- US, 24 UK, -- CN, -- AU

Sales (in millions): -- US, 0.06 UK, 0.06 world (includes US and UK)

Genre: synth pop


Song Title (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. Celice (10/7/05, --)
  2. Don’t Do Me Any Favours
  3. Cosy Prisons (4/17/06, 39 UK)
  4. Analogue (All I Want) (1/23/06, 10 UK)
  5. Birthright (10/28/05, --)
  6. Holy Ground
  7. Over the Treetops
  8. Halfway Through the Tour
  9. A Fine Blue Line
  10. Keeper of the Flame
  11. Make It Soon
  12. White Dwarf
  13. The Summers of Our Youth

Total Running Time: 54:43

The Players:

  • Morten Harket (vocals, guitar)
  • Magne Furuholmen (keyboards, guitar, bass)
  • Pål Waaktaar-Savoy (guitars, drums, percussion)


3.033 out of 5.00 (average of 3 ratings)

Quotable: “A return to form.” – Sharon Mawer, All Music Guide

About the Album:

Thanks to the international success of “Take on Me” in 1985, a-ha became “one of the most popular Norwegian bands of all time.” AZ “Lead singer Morten Harket's incredible falsetto has wowed audiences for over two decades, and this new album shows real progression without straying too far from the band's trademark sound.” AZ

While the U.S. market largely forgot about a-ha after their debut album, they’ve never really been away so “Analogue was hardly a comeback but a continuation of their 20-plus years of hitmaking. If anything, it was a return to form after the disappointing Lifelines album.” AMG

The trio’s eighth studio endeavor kicks off with Celice, which features Harket’s “trademark falsetto vocals over a beat driven song.” AMG The song also served as the first single, released only in Europe. It was the band’s ninth, and, to-date, final #1 song in Norway.

The title cut, Analogue (All I Want) was also released as a single and became the band’s first top-ten hit in the UK since 1988’s “Stay on These Roads” AMG and the band’s eighteenth top-ten hit in Norway.

“Pål Waaktaar's fuzzy guitar dominates Make It Soon but Analogue is mainly a very laid-back album; only a few of its 13 tracks are up-tempo in the style of their classic era ‘Take on Me,’ and most of the tracks are piano led, melancholy ballads including Cozy Prisons, Birthright, A Fine Blue Line, and The Summers of Your Youth.” AMG

Graham Nash guests with backing vocals on “Cozy Prisons” and Over the Teardrops. “The harmonies on the latter song sound almost like one of CSN & Y’s own.” AMG

Halfway Through the Tour is one of the album’s more unusual songs. It is “a synth-beat number over seven minutes long. It’s a strange song which appears to finish at the standard three-minute mark but then continues for a further four minutes as a flute instrumental with echoes of ‘Nights in White Satin.’” AMG

Notes: An iTunes store version of the album included two remixes of “Celice.”

Resources and Related Links: