On this day in music history: September 14, 19…

On this day in music history: September 14, 1955 – “Tutti-Frutti” by Little Richard is recorded. Written by Richard Penniman and Dorothy LaBostrie, it is the first major hit for the Macon, GA born “Architect Of Rock & Roll”. It is recorded at the J&M Recording Studio in New Orleans with Fats Domino’s backing band which include Frank Fields (guitar), Lee Allen and Alvin “Red” Tyler (saxophones), and Earl Palmer (drums). When initial attempts to capture a suitable performance prove elusive, the musicians stop and take a break. During that break, a frustrated Richard begins playing the song which producer “Bumps” Blackwell immediately recognizes its hit potential. Songwriter Dorothy LaBostrie is brought in to clean up the songs original and more sexually explicit lyrics. Once she is finished revising the lyrics, the band gets right to work. The master take of the song is captured in just fifteen minutes on the third take. Released in early November of 1955, “Tutti Frutti” quickly rockets up the charts peaking at #2 on the Billboard R&B singles chart, and #17 on the Best Sellers chart. The song is regarded as one of the most influential and important in the evolution of Rock & Roll. Little Richard’s original recording of “Tutti Frutti” is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1998.