Little Richard - Ready Teddy

First performance: 16/11/1978


Coverinfo

Bruce covered the song 10 times:
 
  • The Darkness on the edge of town tour 
1978-11-16 - MAPLE LEAF GARDENS, TORONTO , ON
Includes the one and only tour performance (and first ever Springsteen performance) of Little Richard's "Ready Teddy" as the show opener.
 
  • Off - tour
1982-07-31 - BIG MAN'S WEST, RED BANK
First ever performance in the U.S. of "Ready Teddy", and only known performance for "Sweet Little Rock And Roller", performed in the midsection of "Around And Around". With Sonny Kenn & The Wild Ideas.
 
1982-08-06 - BIG MAN'S WEST, RED BANK
John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band is the name of an American rock band from Narragansett, Rhode Island, that began their career in the 1970s and achieved mainstream success in the 1980s. Originally known as simply Beaver Brown, the group (consisting of John Cafferty on vocals and rhythm guitar, Gary Gramolini on lead guitar, Patrick Lupo on bass, Kenny Jo Silva on drums, Bobby Cotoia on piano, and Michael "Tunes" Antunes on saxophone) started out as a New England bar band and initially established a popular following throughout Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.
 
1982-08-07 - BIG MAN'S WEST, RED BANK
 
1982-08-08 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK
Cats on a Smooth Surface

1982-08-15 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK
With Cats On A Smooth Surface. After learning about The Cats upcoming fourth-anniversary party that year held August 15 at the Pony, Bruce requested a special rehearsal with Cats three days earlier at Tower Recording Studios in Farmingdale, NJ (where Cats rehearsed) where they learned most of that evening's songs and medleys.

Cats on a Smooth Surface is an American rock group, that starting in 1978 and throughout the 1980s was the house band at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey. In the years 1981 and 1982, the band's lineup consisted of Bobby Bandiera on lead guitar and vocals, Harry Filkin on rhythm guitar and vocals, Peter Schulle on keyboards and vocals, John Micco on bass guitar and vocals, Pete Gagen on drums, and Ray Planet on saxophone. 
 
1982-09-19 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK
Cats on a Smooth Surface
 
1982-09-25 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK
Cats on a Smooth Surface

1983-08-14 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK
With Cats On A Smooth Surface.

1991-01-20 - McLOONE'S RUM RUNNER, SEA BRIGHT
Jim Faulkner Benefit: Bruce joins Max Weinberg, Tim McLoone, and others onstage at a benefit for singer Jim Faulkner. First known Springsteen performance of "Tobacco Road".
 

Songinfo

"Ready Teddy" is a song written by John Marascalco and Robert Blackwell, and first made popular by Little Richard in 1956.
 
 
 

Other cover versions

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, NY
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: Together with Little Richard in an all starr performance
 
1989-01-18 - WALDORF-ASTORIA HOTEL, NY
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: Together with Little Richard in an all starr performance
 
1995-11-19 - SHRINE AUDITORIUM, LA
Frank Sinatra 80th Birthday Concert
 

Lyrics

Ready, set, go man go,
I got a girl that I love so,
I'm ready, ready, ready teddy,
I'm ready, ready, ready teddy,
I'm ready, ready, ready teddy,
I'm ready, ready, ready to a rock 'n' roll.
Going to the corner, pick up my sweetie pie,
She's my rock 'n' roll baby, she's the apple of my eye,
I'm ready, ready, ready teddy,
I'm ready, ready, ready teddy,
I'm ready, ready, ready teddy,
I'm ready, ready, ready to a rock 'n' roll.
All the flat top cats and the dungaree dolls,
Are headed for the gym to the sock hop ball,
The joint is really jumpin', the cats are going wild,
The music really sends me, I dig that crazy style,
I'm ready, ready, ready teddy,
I'm ready, ready, ready teddy,
I'm ready, ready, ready teddy,
I'm ready, ready, ready to a rock 'n' roll.
Going to the corner, pick up my sweetie pie,
She's my rock 'n' roll baby, she's the apple of my eye,
I'm ready, ready, ready teddy,
I'm ready, ready, ready teddy,
I'm ready, ready, ready teddy,
I'm ready, ready, ready to a rock 'n' roll.
All the flat top cats and the dungaree dolls,
Are headed for the gym to the sock hop ball,
The joint is really jumpin', the cats are going wild,
The music really sends me, I dig that crazy style,
I'm ready, ready, ready teddy,
I'm ready, ready, ready teddy,
I'm ready, ready, ready teddy,
I'm ready, ready, ready to a rock 'n' roll.
Gonna kick off my shoes, roll up my faded jeans,
Grab my rock 'n' roll baby, pour on the steam,
I shuffle to the left, I shuffle to the right,
Gonna rock 'n' roll to the early, early night,
I'm ready, ready, ready teddy,
I'm ready, ready, ready teddy,
I'm ready, ready, ready teddy,
I'm ready, ready, ready to a rock 'n' roll.