Little Richard - Rip It Up

First performance: 31/07/1982


Bruce played the song 2 times: 
1982-08-01 Stone Pony (The), Asbury Park, NJ
With Sonny Kenn : is a Jersey-shore musician with a career spanning over 40 years. His first band Sonny & The Starfires featured Springsteen's future drummer Vini Lopez. The Starfires beat Springsteen's first band The Castiles in a Battle-of-the-bands event in 1966. Springsteen played several times with his second band, The Wild Ideas.


"Rip It Up" is a song written by Robert Blackwell and John Marascalco. It was first released by Little Richard in June 1956.


Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist

2020-05-20 SiriusXM Studio, New York City
During the SiriusXM radio Lockdown DJ show Volume 4, "From His Home to Yours" broadcast on Wednesday, May 20, Bruce played 3 songs of Little Richard who recently passed away. He played:
1. Born on the Bayou (only the intro)
2. Tutti Fruti
3. Get Down With It
Bruce's comment on Little Richard:
"That is the purest rock 'n' roll voice of all time, and it belongs to the Georgia Peach, the King of Rock 'n' Roll, Little Richard, who we lost in early May. That was one of the founding fathers of rock and roll and its preeminent vocal genius. And there he profoundly explained in my opinion why and how he does what he does. He came out of Macon, Georgia to take the nation, the world and your body and soul by storm. His art was filled with absurdity, dead seriousnees, great humor and sex, sex, sex. He is one of a handful of men who changed the face of world culture. He crossed racial boundaries, he challenged gender norms and he had the time of his life. Here once again is the High Priest of Rock and Roll. A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop, a-lop-bam-boom! Rest in peace, Richard. "
Bruce had 3 appearances together with Little Richard :
1995-11-19 Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA
Frank Sinatra 80th Birthday Concert

1989-01-18 Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York City, NY
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: Together with Little Richard in an all starr performance
1988-01-20 Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York City, NY 
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: Together with Little Richard in an all starr performance


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,
Saturday night and I'm feelin' fine,

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 rock it up, and ball tonight.

Got me a date and I won't be late,
Picked her up in my 88,
Shag on down by the union hall,
When the joint starts jumpin' I'll have a ball,
I'm gonna rock it up...

'Long about ten I'll be flying high,
Walk on out unto the sky,
But I don't care if I spend my dough,
'Cause tonight I'm gonna be one happy soul,
I'm gonna rock it up...