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Rip it Up

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(Blackwell / Marascalco)

 

Information:

Composer John Marascalco drove to Los Angeles in 1955 to sell Ready Teddy to Specialty Records as a tune for Little Richard to record. After selling the song to Specialty, Robert (Bumps) Blackwell, the label's A&R man, asked Marascalco if he had any other songs. Marascalco told him he had a country tune called Rip it Up that he could rework to suit Little Richard. After spending a week rewriting the song at a fleabag motel in Hollywood, Marascalco went back to Specialty and Blackwell bought it, taking partial writing credit, as he had for Ready Teddy. Little Richard's Rip it Up (Specialty 579) sold over a million copies in 1956 and hit number one on Billboard's rhythm & blues chart and #17 on the Top 100 chart. Bill Haley and His Comets' cover version of Rip it Up (Decca 30028) peaked at #25, also in 1956.

 

Elvis recorded Rip it Up at Radio Recorders on September 3, 1956. Take #19 is the master. Occasionally over the years, Elvis sang Rip it Up in concert. Some of these performances have surfaced on bootleg albums. Rip it Up was one of the many songs performed during the Million Dollar Quartet session on December 4, 1956.

 

Lyrics:

 

2. Well it's Saturday night and I just got paid
Fool about my money don't try to save
My heart says go, go, have a time 'cause it's Saturday night
Baby and I feel fine

1. I'm gonna rock it up, I'm gonna rip it up
I'm gonna shake it up, gonna ball it up
I'm gonna rip it up and ball tonight

Well I got me a date and I won't be late
I picked her up in my '88'
Shag on down by the Union hall
When the joint starts jumpin'
I'll have a ball

 

1. (repete)

Along about 10 I'll be flying high
I walk on out into open sky
But I don’t care if I spend much dough
'Cause tonight I'm gonna be one happy soul

 

1. 2. 1. (repete)

 

Where it was released:

Released for the fist time on Elvis »

 

Singles:

- Little Sister / Rip it Up (RCA EP-0517) June 1983. Twelve-inch promotional release.

 

EPs:

- Elvis, Volume 1 (1956) »

- Elvis / Jaye P. Morgan (1956) »

 

LPs/CDs:

- Elvis (1956) »

- Worldwide Gold Award Hits, Volume 2 – The Other Sides (1971) »

- Elvis Forever (1974) »

- Elvis - A Collectors Edition (1976) »

- Elvis: Memories (1978) »

- I Was the One (1983)

- The Million Dollar Quartet (1990)

- The King of Rock’n’Roll – The Complete 50’s Masters (1992)

- Elvis 56 (1996)

- Elvis 56 – Special Edition (1996)

- Platinum – A Life in Music (1997)

- A Touch of Platinum, Volume 1 (1998)

- Today Tomorrow and Forever (2002)

- Elvis 56 – Remastered Edition (2003)

- Flashback (2004) - FTD »

- Elvis (2005)

- Hitstory (2005)

- Rock’n’Roll Hero (2006)

- The Complete Million Dollar Quartet (2006)

- Early Elvis (2007)

- Pink Cadillac – The Recordings of 1956 (2007) - Xtra

- Elvis Presley / Elvis (2007) – Hallmark
– Elvis (2014) - FTD »
– Rebel With a Cause '56 (2018) - FTD »

 

Bootleg Releases:

- Long Lost Songs (1985) - Vault Records

- The One Million Dollar Quartet (1987) - S Records

 

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