Flip, Flop and Fly

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"Flip, Flop and Fly"
Single by Big Joe Turner
B-side "Ti-Ri-Lee"
Released February 1955 (1955-02)
Format 7" 45 rpm & 10" 78 rpm record
Recorded New York
January 28, 1955
Genre Jump blues
Length 2:49
Label Atlantic (Cat. no. 1053)
Writer(s) Charles E. Calhoun aka Jesse Stone, Lou Willie Turner
Big Joe Turner singles chronology
"Well All Right"
"Flip, Flop and Fly"
"Hide and Seek"

"Flip, Flop and Fly" is a jump blues-style song recorded by Big Joe Turner in 1955.[1] Called a "prototypical rocker,"[2] the song was a hit reaching #2 in Billboard magazine's R&B chart.[3] "Flip, Flop and Fly" has been recorded by a variety of artists, including early rock and roll performers such as Elvis Presley.

Original song[edit]

"Flip, Flop and Fly" has an arrangement similar to Big Joe Turner's 1954 #1 R&B hit "Shake, Rattle and Roll"[4] and it has been suggested that "leftover verses [from the 'Shake, Rattle and Roll' recording session] were then recycled into Turner's follow-up hit, 'Flip, Flop and Fly.'"[5] Both are up-tempo twelve-bar blues with a strong backbeat. Accompanying Turner (vocals) are the song's writer Jesse Stone (piano), Al Sears (tenor sax), Connie Kay (drums), and unidentified trumpet, alto sax, baritone sax, guitar, and bass. Turner subsequently recorded several live versions of the song.

Elvis Presley versions[edit]

Elvis Presley performed "Flip, Flop and Fly" during his first television appearance on January 28, 1956. It was included with a medley of "Shake, Rattle and Roll" and "I Got a Woman" and released on his posthumous compilation album A Golden Celebration. A live version from 1974 was included on Elvis: As Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis.

Other versions[edit]

Several artists have recorded their versions of "Flip, Flop and Fly," including Johnnie Ray (1955), Bill Haley and His Comets from the album Rock Around the Clock (1956), Downchild Blues Band (1973), The New York Dolls during live performances in 1976, The Blues Brothers from Briefcase Full of Blues (1978), Jerry Lee Lewis and Ellis Hall (1999), this version being used in the soundtrack of the animation movie Chicken Run.


  1. ^ Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 3 - The Tribal Drum: The rise of rhythm and blues. [Part 1]" (audio). Pop Chronicles. Digital.library.unt.edu. 
  2. ^ Dahl, Bill (1996). All Music Guide to the Blues. Miller Freeman Books. p. 254. ISBN 0-87930-424-3. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1988). Top R&B Singles 1942–1988. Record Research, Inc. p. 419. ISBN 0-89820-068-7. 
  4. ^ "Flip, Flop and Fly – Record Review". Billboard: 57. February 26, 1955. 
  5. ^ Koda, Cub. "Shake, Rattle and Roll – Song Review". Allmusic. Retrieved June 19, 2011.