"Rip It Up" is a song written by John Marascalco and Robert Blackwell. 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 seventeen on the pop chart.
The Everly Brothers released a cover version of this song in 1959 (#57 in Australia, it did not chart in US or UK).
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".
Little Richard also sang this song on the PBS special, Doo Wop 51.
English instrumental group The Tornados covered this song on their 1964 album Away from it All.