Rip It Up (Little Richard song)

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"Rip It Up"
Rip It Up (Little Richard song).jpg
Single by Little Richard
B-side"Ready Teddy"
ReleasedJune 1956 (1956-06)
GenreRock and roll
Songwriter(s)Robert Blackwell, John Marascalco
Producer(s)Robert Blackwell
Little Richard singles chronology
"Long Tall Sally"
"Rip It Up"
"She's Got It"
Official audio
"Rip It Up" on YouTube

"Rip It Up" is a rock and roll song written by Robert Blackwell and John Marascalco. In June 1956, Specialty Records released it as a single by Little Richard with "Ready Teddy" as the B-side. The song reached the top position on the Billboard Rhythm & Blues Records chart as well as number 17 on the magazine's broader Billboard Hot 100.[1] The version peaked at number 30 in the UK Singles Chart.[2]

The tenor saxophone solo is by Lee Allen.[3]

Also in 1956, Bill Haley and his Comets released a version of the song. Their version reached number 25 on the Hot 100,[citation needed] and number four in the UK Singles Chart.[2]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 356.
  2. ^ a b "Rip It Up | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Retrieved 28 April 2021.
  3. ^ White, Charles (2003). The Life and Times of Little Richard. Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-1783230143.