Rip It Up (Little Richard song)

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"Rip It Up"
Single by Little Richard
from the album Here's Little Richard
B-side Ready Teddy
Released June 1956
Format 7" single
Genre Rock and roll
Label Specialty
Writer(s) John Marascalco/Robert Blackwell
Producer(s) Robert Blackwell
Little Richard singles chronology
"Long Tall Sally" b/w "Slippin' and Slidin'"
(1956)
"Rip It Up" b/w "Ready Teddy"
(1956)
"She's Got It" b/w "Heeby-Jeebies"
(1956)
"Rip It Up"
Single by Bill Haley and his Comets
B-side "Teenager's Mother (Are You Right?)"
Released 1956
Format 7" single
Genre Rock and roll
Label Decca 30028
Bill Haley and his Comets singles chronology
"Hot Dog Buddy Buddy"
(1956)
"Rip It Up"
(1956)
"Rudy's Rock"
(1956)

"Rip It Up" is a song written by John Marascalco and Robert Blackwell. It was first released by Little Richard in June, 1956. Bill Haley and his Comets also released a recording of the song that year. The Little Richard version hit number one on the R&B Best Sellers chart for two weeks and peaked at number seventeen on the pop chart.[1] Haley and the Comets performed their version of the song in the 1956 film Don't Knock the Rock, in which Little Richard also appeared.

Cover versions[edit]

The song was notably covered by Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry. Buddy Holly, Gerry and the Pacemakers and Gene Vincent have also covered the song.

The Everly Brothers recorded a cover version of this song in 1957 (#57 in Australia, it did not chart in US or UK).

During the Get Back sessions in 1969, The Beatles recorded the song as part of a medley with "Shake, Rattle and Roll" and "Blue Suede Shoes". This recording was released in 1996 on the album Anthology 3. It was covered in 1975 by John Lennon on his album Rock 'n' Roll, in a medley together with the song "Ready Teddy".

Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen covered the song on their Hot Licks, Cold Steel & Truckers Favorites album in 1972.

In 1978, Billy "Crash" Craddock released a cover on the Turning Up And Turning On.

Little Richard also sang this song on the PBS special, Doo Wop 51.

Alvin and the Chipmunks covered the song for "Film Flam," a 1985 episode of their TV series.

English instrumental group The Tornados covered this song on their 1964 album Away from it All.

Wanda Jackson covered it on her 2011 album The Party Ain't Over. Cliff Richard features a version on his 100th album in 2013, titled, The Fabulous Rock 'n' Roll Songbook.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 356. 
Preceded by
"Fever" by Little Willie John
Billboard R&B Best Sellers in Stores number-one single (Little Richard version)
August 4, 1956 - August 18, 1956
Succeeded by
"Honky Tonk" (Parts 1 & 2) by Bill Doggett