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This Day in Music History: Little Richard records “Tutti Frutti,” Genesis make their live debut

Little Richard

1955 – Little Richard enters a New Orleans studio to begin two days of recording. The sessions don’t start well, but they end fantastically. During a break, he and his producer Bumps Blackwell go to the Dew Drop Inn for lunch. Richard starts wildly playing the piano in the bar, singing a loud and lewd version of “Tutti Frutti.” With only fifteen minutes left in the session, Richard records this version of the song with the phrase, “a-wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-lop-bam-boom.”

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This Day in Music History: Bowie records David Live in Philadelphia, The Go Go’s release Beauty And The Beat

The Go Go's Beauty and the Beat

1954 – Producer Sam Phillips takes an acetate recording of Elvis Presley’s debut single, “That’s All Right,” to Memphis radio station WHBQ DJ Dewey Phillips. He plays the song just after 9.30pm, and calls pour in asking for it to be played 14 more times that evening. Elvis himself, who knew of the airplay in advance, hides out at a local movie show until Dewey tracks him down for a live radio interview that same night.

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