Dr. Richard Cirulli delves further into his growing body of work regarding societal evolution, known as the “Boomerang Series,” in his most recent article: “Shaking Your Booty to Tutti Frutti By Dr. Richard Cirulli, Ph.D. this Friday, March 7, 2019 at 10am EST on the Westchester On the Level Internet radio broadcast. Listen “Live” or “On Demand”. Use the following hyperlink – http://tobtr.com/s/11215827 . This segment from 10:30-11am.
Shaking your Booty to Tutti Frutti
(The Devil made me Do it? Thank God?)
“Whop bop b-luma b-bop bam bom
Tutti frutti, oh Rudy
I got a girl named Sue
She knows just what to do
She rocks to the east
She rocks to the west
But she’s the girl I love best”
Richard Wayne Penniman
The wise and enlightened often refer to the adage “harmony is the analogy of opposites” when confronted with divisive issues. The author applies this adage to this article in a tongue-in cheek manner in an attempt to bring harmony and a smile of nostalgia into the reader’s life. Regretfully, a number of Americans today have reduced the memory of the Sixties to simply the era of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll; the devil’s trilateral commission. Thus, reducing the decade of the Sixties, that was marked with rapid social change and conflict, to merely a marketable cliché that fails the test of discourse and harmony.
It would be fair to state that the genesis of the sexual revolution must go to Adam and Eve. Perhaps they got bored living for all eternity, together and naked in paradise, with nothing to complain about; no friends, no apps to download, just living in bliss. Well maybe a little taste of the forbidden fruit from the tutti frutti tree would help. It seems the shake of one’s booty was all that was needed to loosen the tutti frutti, that is. It had to fall from a high branched tree and that was all that was needed for humanity’s orgasmic fall. The rest is history. As we fast forward from “The Fall”, and turn back the pages of history to the 1950’s, to the genesis of rock, we are introduced to the likes of Little Richard, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash, each shaking things up on earth to seemingly get us back to The Garden of Eden. Well thank the Lord, Great Balls of Fire there was a Whole Lot of Shaking Going On. Its worth noting that this vanguard of the ‘devil’s” music was preached by bible carrying performers spouting fire and brimstone from the solemnity of the “bible belt”.
Taking a harmonic view of those events; as the nation divided itself in the 1950’s between conservatism and liberalism over this jungle music” oozing like molasses from America’s swamps; whites and blacks found themselves united when attending music concerts and shows together. They were freed from the racial schism defined by segregation. The wall of racism was rocked and shaken to its foundation, like the walls of Jericho, with merely a few notes of a trumpet’s call. In the months that followed Woodstock, America was ripe with Christian Hippies (euphemism for the long-haired) who embraced Godstock. This was also the time when even Billy Graham made peace with rock “n” roll. Well praise the Lord, there is a rock ‘n” roll heaven, even for the Righteous Brothers. By the early 1970’s there were scores of Christian rock and folk bands.
Now that the fig-leafs of lies are exposed, at issue is who began the sexual revolution? We must also expose another myth of the Sixties with respect to the origins of rock ‘n” roll. The caveat of course is that “thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor”.
The credit should go to Sister Rosetta Tharpe (March 20, 1915- October 9, 1973). Best known as “the Godmother of rock ‘n’ roll, the gospel singing, electric guitarist, was first to engage in heavy distortion. Her first recording was Rock Me in 1938, followed by her 1939 hit, This Train. Rosetta’s guitar style has influenced such notable guitarists as Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Keith Richards. Why even Elvis, the Rock ‘n’ roll King learned to rock while attending Pentecostal church services. Wow! Holy Armageddon! In 1972 the Godstock concert drew 200,000 believers in Dallas, Texas, and by the end of the 1970’s Bob Dylan’s conversion resulted in the release of his Slow Train Coming album; the first of a trilogy of Christian albums. By the late 1980’s America was rocked by Stryper, a Christian heavy metal band, achieving success with their To Hell with the Devil album! Holy oxymoron? The influence of the Godstock can still be found today in such established bands and artists as U2, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, and Jars of Clay.
In closing, the author, a bearer of “light” truth, admits he had some fun debunking a few of the Sixties myths, especially as a guitar toting, card carrying AARP member. Well what more needs to be said?
Whop bop b-luma b-bop bam bom
Tutti frutti, ask Rudy
Can boomers can still shake their booty
Is Rockin their divine duty
They ache even at rest
Hiding wrinkles they do best
Still seeking a love fest
Great Balls of Fire
There is a whole lot of shaking going on
And thank God
I have the drugs (meds) that keep me rockin on?
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Dr. Richard Cirulli is a retired Professor, columnist, playwright, author, songwriter, and author of “The Songs of Roland”. You can view his website at demitasseplayers.com .He looks forward to your comments at firstname.lastname@example.org .