Little Richard - HEY, HEY, HEY, HEY

First performance: 17/11/2012


Coverinfo

2012-11-17 - SPRINT CENTER, KANSAS CITY, MO  
Tour debut of "Kansas City," opens the show, last played in this city in 2002. The only full performance of Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey was played on this date.
 
 
  
 
 
1987-10-31 - McLOONE'S RUM RUNNER, SEA BRIGHT, NJ 
"Lucille" includes a snippet of "Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!". 
 

Songinfo

In 1955, Little Richard recorded two different versions of "Kansas City" by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller: one on September, 13 (supervised by Bumps Blackwell), and one on November, 29 (with five vocalists, supervised by Art Rupe). The first version, which adheres closely to the original 1952 recording by Little Willie Littlefield for the first two verses, was not released until November 1970, on the compilation album Well Alright! The second version, which had been substantially re-worked by Little Richard (in particular, it featured a new refrain starting with words, "Hey, hey, hey, hey; Hey baby, hey child, hey now") was released in March 1959 on The Fabulous Little Richard and in April 1959 as single after the success of the Wilbert Harrison hit. "Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey" was recorded six months after the second version of "Kansas City", incorporating the same refrain. However, as "Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey" was released in 1958—with the writing credited solely to Richard Wayne Penniman (Little Richard)—the public perceived it as an earlier recording than "Kansas City". Kansas city became part of this medley, when Little Richard added on his song, Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey, when he recorded both as a B-side single to Good Golly Miss Molly in 1958. This is Kansas City's Official Song and when the K.C. Royals win a home baseball game, they play The Beatles version. When they lose, they play Wilbert Harrison's version. NOW, that's cool - "Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey!"
 
 
 

Other cover versions

 
  • The Beatles recorded the medley in a more up-tempo rockin' version in 1964 and opened their K.C. show on 9/17/64 with it.
  • Ten Years After : "Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey" was covered as "Going Back to Birmingham" 
  • Bob Seger

Bruce on the artist

Richard Wayne Penniman (born December 5, 1932, Macon, GA), known by the stage name Little Richard, is an American singer, songwriter, musician, recording artist, and actor, considered key in the transition from rhythm and blues to rock and roll in the 1950s. He was also the first artist to put the funk in the rock and roll beat and contributed significantly to the development of soul music.
 
Bruce had 3 appearances together with Little Richard :
1988-01-20 - WALDORF-ASTORIA HOTEL, NEW YORK CITY, NY (Rock & Roll Hall of Fame)
Together with Little Richard in an all starr performance
 
1989-01-18 - WALDORF-ASTORIA HOTEL, NEW YORK CITY, NY (Rock & Roll Hall of Fame)
Together with Little Richard in an all starr performance
 
1995-11-19 - SHRINE AUDITORIUM, LOS ANGELES, CA (Frank Sinatra 80th Birthday Concert)
Bruce sings  'NEW YORK, NEW YORK' with Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Little Richard, Bono, et al.)

Lyrics

I'm goin' to Kansas City
Kansas City, here I come
I'm goin' to Kansas City
Kansas City, here I come
They've got crazy women there and
I'm goin' down to get me some
Well, I might take a train, I might take a plane
But if I have to walk, I'm goin' just the same
I'm goin' to Kansas City
Kansas City, here I come
They've got crazy women there and
I'm goin' down to get me some
Well bye, bye bye baby bye
Wooo so long, bye bye baby I'm gone
Well bye, bye bye baby bye
I'm a holl'rin' and screamin'
Baby please come home
Well, I'm a holl'rin' and screamin'
Don't you leave me all alone
Well, I'm a holl'rin' and I'm screamin'
Baby please come home
Well bye, bye bye baby bye
Wooo so long, bye bye baby I'm gone
Well bye, bye bye baby bye
Hey hey hey hey
I miss my baby, I don't mean maybe
I miss my baby, I don't mean maybe
I miss my baby, I don't mean maybe
I'll miss my baby until the day I die