John Marascalco

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John Marascalco (born John S. Marascalso, 27 March 1931[1]) is an American songwriter, who is most noted for the songs he wrote for Little Richard.[1]


Together with Robert Blackwell, he wrote the songs "Good Golly Miss Molly", "Ready Teddy", and "Rip It Up" made famous by Little Richard. Like Norman Petty with Buddy Holly, Robert "Bumps" Blackwell put his name on the songwriting credits although Marascalco was the actual writer of the songs. Also for Little Richard, Marascalco co-wrote "Heeby Jeebies", "She's Got It", and "Groovy Little Suzy". He co-wrote the song "Goodnight My Love" with George Motola made famous by Jesse Belvin and Paul Anka. Marascalco also collaborated with Harry Nilsson and Fats Domino.[1]

Marascalco co-composed "Send Me Some Lovin'" with Leo Price, and this was recorded by Little Richard. The Crickets for their 1957 debut album, The "Chirping" Crickets, Sam Cooke, and John Lennon also recorded the song. He also penned "Wouldn't You Know", which was recorded by Billy Lee Riley.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Biography by Joslyn Layne". Retrieved 29 December 2008. 

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