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The set for John Byrne's Tutti Frutti at the King's Theatre.


Wikipedia is usually pretty brilliant, but I'm decidedly unsure about this paragraph from the entry about the song Tutti Frutti:


Little Richard had had an unsuccessful career until producer Bumps Blackwell recorded him in New Orleans for Specialty Records. During the sessions, Blackwell heard Little Richard singing a wild song with the sexually adventurous chorus:


"Tutti frutti, good booty "


Blackwell changed the lyric to


"Tutti frutti, aw rooty"


replacing the slang for "buttocks" with the slang for "all right".


"Tutti frutti" was a euphemism for a gay male, derived from the name of a confection, making the "good booty" meaning clear. (Richard was openly gay at this time.) The line "a-womp-bam-boom" was originally "a good Goddamn". Despite the toned down language, the song remained plenty wild and Blackwell and Richard had a hit.


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Taken on October 10, 2006