Saturday, April 12, 2008

Music & Lyrics: Womp-bomp-a-loom-op-a-womp-bam-boom!

One of the best games I have ever played is called Songburst in which teams battle each other for their knowledge of music lyrics. The best version is the 50's and 60's edition and as I've played with my family when I'm home some of the questions are pretty easy while others are incredibly hard.

The most difficult question is for Little Richard's "Tutti Frutti" and if you get it right, you are ceremonially named "King of Songburst." The question: what are the lyrics in the opening line of "Tutti Frtti?" It sounds easy, but in Songburst the exact wording is needed and different syllables can cost you points.

The answer is: "Womp-bomp-a-loom-op-a-womp-bam-boom!"

The "Tutti Frutti" article in Wikipedia summarizes the back story about the writing of the song nicely and to show you how great Little Richard is, just listen to Pat Boone covering "Tutti Frutti!"

Pat Boone -- Tutti Frutti [Little Richard Cover]
From the Greatest Rock 'N' Roll Songs.

Little Richard -- Tutti Frutti
From pretty much every Little Richard Greatest Hits collection, such as Greatest Gold Hits.