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Flip Flop and Fly

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(Calhoun / Turner)

Information:
Charles Calhoun and Lou Willie Turner wrote Flip Flop and Fly in 1955. It was recorded that year by Joe Turner, who had a #3 rhythm & blues hit and million-seller (Atlantic 1053). Soon after Turner’s release, Johnny Ray recorded Flip Flop and Fly (Columbia 40471), but his version did not chart. In 1960 Bill Haley and His Comets also recorded the song (Warner Bros. 5228).

Elvis sang Flip Flop and Fly on his first Stage Show appearance (January 28, 1956) as an ending to Shake Rattle and Roll (the background music we hear is from that performance). That performance, with a new drum track overdubbed, was used in the 1981 documentary, This Is Elvis.

Below just the lyrics of Flip Flop and Fly that Elvis sings at the Stage Show.

Lyrics:

 

I’m like a Mississippi bullfrog sittin’ on a hollow stomp

I’m like a Mississippi bullfrog sittin’ on a hollow stomp

I get so many women I don’t know which way to jump

 

Well I said flip flop and fly I don’t care if I die

I said flip flop and fly I don’t care if I die

Don’t ever leave me and don’t ever say goodbye

 

Where it was released:
Released for the first time on the album Elvis Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis »

 

LPs/CDs:

- Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis (1974) »

- Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis (1977) »
– This Is Elvis (1981) »

- Platinum – A Life in Music (1997)

- A Golden Celebration (1998)

- Elvis as Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis (2004) - FTD »

- Closing Night (2004) – FTD »

- I Found My Thrill (2006) - FTD »

– 48 Hours to Memphis (2011) - FTD »

- This is Elvis (2015) - FTD »

– Murfreesboro '74 (2018) - FTD »

For LP Fans Only (2018) - FTD »

 

Bootleg Releases:

- From Hollywood to Vegas (1974) - Brookville Records

- From Las Vegas… to Niagara Falls (1974) - Live Productions

- Dorsey Shows (1976) - Golden Archives Records

- The Entertainer (1978) - Rooster Record Company

- Superstar Outtakes (1976) - E.P. Records

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