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John Lennon - Slippin' and Slidin' (Old Grey Whistle Test 1975)

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“Peepin’ and a hidin’, you know I’m hip to your jive” Lennon Sings “See-ya” Before he goes Dada

This is a magic moment in John Lennon’s expression.  He’d just reconciled with Yoko, had returned to his rock n roll roots, and he was one happy Beatle.  For a full account of how this performance came about, check out the review of the opening song, Stand By Me.

Slippin’ and Slidin’ is of course the great Little Richard song from his debut album (1957).  The song was originally titled, “I’m Wise,” until Richard got his hands on it, completely re-did it, and renamed it, “Slippin’ and Slidin’.”  This is a fun-as-it-gets song to play, and has been covered by just about everyone, but there’s a particularly jumpin’, joyous version by The Band in Festival Express.

This is a rip-it-up rock n roll hit single delivered in 2 ¼ minutes.  And do not miss the ending where John Lennonizes Jack’s “Heeeeeerrre’s Johnny” and “I got blisters on my fingers.”

And Note the Great Angles — besides the happy playful glowing performance by John, gawdblessim, he prolly oversaw the editing as well — the camera angles are as perfect as you could hope for.  Tight on his face, except for the rock n roll close-ups of the Little Richard piano breaks.

Both this and Stand By Me were recorded on March 18th, 1975, at The Hit Factory, in New York.


Retrieved from Wikipedia:
Slippin' and Slidin' on Wikipedia
"Slippin' and Slidin'"
B-side to "Long Tall Sally" by Little Richard
ReleasedMarch 1956
WriterLittle Richard, Edwin Bocage (Eddie Bo), Al Collins, and James Smith

"Slippin' and Slidin'" is an R&B/rock song performed by Little Richard. The song is credited to Little Richard, Edwin Bocage (Eddie Bo), Al Collins, and James Smith.[1]

Eddie Bo first recorded the song in 1956 under the name "I'm Wise;" his recording was released from the Apollo label.[2][3] Little Richard covered it in the same year, and changed the title to "Slippin' and Slidin'". His version is on his first album, Here's Little Richard.[4]

Buddy Holly also covered it on his album Reminiscing, and both his and the Little Richard versions were included on John Lennon's jukebox. Lennon particularly liked the song as he covered it himself. Other artists who covered it include Dickie Pride in 1959, Billy "Crash" Craddock in 1973 on his album Mr. Country Rock, Johnny Winter in 1969 on his album Second Winter, and Otis Redding, from his album Tell the Truth, recorded in 1967 and released posthumously in 1970. Furthermore, The Band did a live version of the song in the Festival Express documentary. The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 also included a cover of the song in the episode "The Beauty of Kootie".

The song featured in the film "The Delinquents" (1989).


  1. ^ Slippin' and Slidin' by Little Richard on Allmusic
  2. ^ Eddie Bo Official biography
  3. ^ Eddie Bo biography on Allmusic
  4. ^ Little Richard Billboard singles


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