To begin with, the following track is a Beatles’ medley from their “Anthology 3” album, “Rip It Up/Shake, Rattle And Roll/Blue Suede Shoes”.
Recorded: 26th January, 1969
Studio: Apple Studio
Track Duration: 3:11
Songwriters: Rip It Up – Robert Blackwell/John Marascalco, Shake, Rattle and Roll – Charles E. Calhoun (aka Jesse Stone), Blue Suede Shoes – Carl Perkins
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Glyn Johns
Paul McCartney: vocals, piano
George Harrison: electric guitar
Ringo Starr: drums
Billy Preston: Hammond organ
Rip It Up/Shake, Rattle And Roll/Blue Suede Shoes
This Beatles’ medley includes three separate songs joined together, of course. In other words, the band didn’t record this track in one go. However, they did record them on the same day.
While The Beatles were fragmenting in the late 1960’s, Paul McCartney would often get the band members to join in with some oldies. Indeed, the “Get Back” project came about to encourage more camaraderie and further inspiration. During the odd impromptu day, they would play some old rock and roll classics just like they did in their early days.
So, let us break down the medley, “Rip It Up/Shake, Rattle And Roll/Blue Suede Shoes” into its component parts.
Rip It Up – this was a hit record by Little Richard from 1956 and peaked at number 17 in the American pop charts.
Shake, Rattle And Roll – this was a hit record by Bill Haley & His Comets from 1954 and it peaked at number 7 in the American pop charts.
Blue Suede Shoes – this was a hit song from Carl Perkins in 1956 and it reached number one in the American charts. Of course, we are all familiar with the Elvis Presley version too.
The Beatles recorded the three songs on the 26th January, 1969 during the Savile Row sessions at the Apple Records HQ, No 3 Savile Row, London. There were many old time rock and roll songs sang that day as well as many other classic Beatles’ songs.
As we know, this medley was indeed separate tunes at one point. But, from that, came a decent sing-a-long to add to their “Anthology 3” album.