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Rip It Up

Album This song officially appears on the Anthology 3 Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1996

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

Rip It Up” is a song written by Robert Blackwell and John Marascalco. It was first released by Little Richard in June, 1956. Bill Haley and his Comets also released a recording of the song that year. The Little Richard version hit number one on the R&B Best Sellers chart for two weeks and peaked at number 17 on the pop chart. The Bill Haley and the Comets recording reached number twenty five on the Billboard pop singles chart and number four in the UK. Bill Haley and the Comets also performed their version of the song in the 1956 film Don’t Knock the Rock, in which Little Richard also appeared.

[…] During the Get Back sessions in 1969, The Beatles recorded the song as part of a medley with “Shake, Rattle and Roll” and “Blue Suede Shoes“. This recording was released in 1996 on the album Anthology 3. It was covered in 1975 by John Lennon on his album Rock ‘n’ Roll, in a medley together with the song “Ready Teddy”. […]

From Anthology 3 liner notes:

The Beatles performed more “oldies” during the Savile Row sessions than new original material, and three songs from an extended jam on 26 January are presented here, George and John playing electric guitars, Ringo on drums, Paul playing piano and Billy Preston the organ, all with great energy. The first is Rip It Up, with John and Paul sharing the lead vocal. Although recorded by every major rock artist of the 1950s the best known version is Little Richard’s original – it was his fourth great single for the Specialty label, issued in June 1956. […]

From The Beatles Bible:

[…] Although released as a medley on Anthology 3, Rip It Up/Shake, Rattle And Roll/Blue Suede Shoes weren’t actually recorded as one. The songs were among a number of rock ‘n’ roll songs played by The Beatles on 26 January; others performed, with varying degrees of success, were Great Balls Of Fire, High School Confidential, Twist And Shout, Kansas City, Miss Ann, Lawdy Miss Clawdy, You Really Got A Hold On Me and Tracks Of My Tears. […]

In 2016, Paul McCartney surprised his audience when he played “Rip It Up” during the encore of the 2nd night of the Desert Trip concerts.

Last updated on July 3, 2017

Lyrics

When I first saw you
Something stirred within me
You were standing sultry in the rain
If I could've held you
I would've held you
Rip it up and start again

Rip it up and start again
Rip it up and start again
I hope to God you're not as dumb as you make out
I hope to God
I hope to God
And I hope to God I'm not as numb as you make out
I hope to God
I hope to God

And when I next saw you
My heart reached out for you
But my arms stuck like glue to my sides
If I could've held you
I would've held you
But I'd choke rather than swallow my pride
Rip it up and start again

Rip it up and start again
Rip it up and start again
I hope to God you're not as dumb as you make out
I hope to God
I hope to God
And I hope to God I'm not as numb as you make out
I hope to God
I hope to God

And there was times I'd take my pen
And feel obliged to start again
I do profess
That there are things in life
That one can't quite express
You know me I'm acting dumb-dumb
You know this scene is very humdrum
And my favourite song's entitled 'boredom'

Rip it up and start again
I said rip it up and start again
I said rip it up and rip it up and rip it up and rip it up and rip it up and start again

Officially appears on


Anthology 3

Official album • Released in 1996

3:11 • OuttakeA • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Lead vocal, Piano
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Electric guitar, Lead vocal
George Martin:
Producer
Glyn Johns:
Engineer
Billy Preston:
Organ

Session Recording:
Jan 26, 1969
Studio:
Apple Studios, 3 Savile Row, London

Live performances

“Rip It Up” has been played in 1 concerts.

Latest concerts where “Rip It Up” has been played


Desert Trip (2nd night)

Oct 15, 2016 • USA • Indio • Empire Polo Club


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