by Robert Wilkinson
Well, I can’t help it! This song IS “the attitude” that announced the birth of rock and roll! Definitely a dance tune, definitely an attitude tune, and definitely a lot of fun! Time to shake it to the frenetic music of an archetypal Sagittarius!
As I posted earlier at a friend’s page, "A-wop bop a loo mop, a wop bam boo!" Now that's magic and poetry all wrapped up in one joyous shout! Tonight we get to move our feet to a man with more attitude in his little finger than most of us know in a lifetime!
For your dancing pleasure, his first big hit, the "sound of the birth of rock and roll!" From the 1956 Alan Freed movie "Don't Knock the Rock," Little Richard doing our Saturday Night Attitude tune, "Tutti Frutti."
Keep dancing, since we follow that original performance with an even better one! This is an electrifying clip of the Master in full makeup and great form live in 1995 doing a powerful pounding performance of "Tutti Frutti."
From the 1957 Alan Freed movie "Mr. Rock and Roll," Little Richard doing a performance of "Lucille."
From the 1964 UK Granada TV show "'Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" (later retitled "Don't knock the rock" - no relation to the Alan Freed movies!), here's are great dance numbers! First, after a rave up opening by the house band, we find Little Richard performing "Rip It Up." From the same show, "Hound Dog"
Here’s the wild man at his best! We’re dancing to a live show in France in 1966 where he cranks out his hits “Lucille,” “Good Golly Miss Molly,” “Rip It Up,” “Long Tall Sally,” and “Tutti Frutti”
Live on television in 1990, the Architect sending up “Keep A Knockin’”
Here’s an audio-only live performance by LR of the very danceable “Slippin’ and Slidin’”
We’ll close this dance with our Attitude number! Going waaaay back, I found an early color clip of Little Richard cranking out “Tutti Frutti”
"We're gonna have some fun tonight... Woooooooo!!
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