Flip, Flop and Fly

Big Joe Turner

About Flip, Flop and Fly

"Flip, Flop and Fly" is a song recorded by Big Joe Turner in 1955. Called a "prototypical rocker", the song has been recorded by a variety of artists, including early rock and roll performers such as Elvis Presley.


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1963
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Now when I get the blues, I get me a rockin' chair
When I get the blues, I get me a rockin' chair
Well, if the blues overtake me gonna rock right away from here

Now when I get lonesome, I jump on the telephone
When I get lonesome, I jump on the telephone
I call my baby, tell her I'm on my way back home

Now flip, flop and fly
I don't care if I die
Now flip, flop and fly
I don't care if I die
Don't ever leave me, don't ever say goodbye

Give me one more kiss, hold it a long long time
Give me one more kiss, hold it a long long time
Now love me baby, till the feelin' hits my head like wine

Here comes my baby, flashin' her new gold tooth
Here comes my baby, flashin' her new gold tooth
Well she's so small, she can mambo in a pay phone booth

Now flip, flop and fly
I don't care if I die
Now flip, flop and fly
I don't care if I die
Ah, don't ever leave me, don't ever say goodbye

I'm like a mississippi bullfrog, sittin' on a hollow stump
I'm like a mississippi bullfrog, sittin' on a hollow stump
I got so many women, I don't know which way to jump

Now flip, flop and fly
I don't care if I die
Now flip, flop and fly
I don't care if I die
Now, don't ever leave me, don't ever say goodbye
Oh my!

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Big Joe Turner

Big Joe Turner (born Joseph Vernon Turner Jr., May 18, 1911 – November 24, 1985) was an American blues shouter from Kansas City, Missouri. According to the songwriter Doc Pomus, "Rock and roll would have never happened without him." Although he came to his greatest fame in the 1950s with his pioneering rock and roll recordings, particularly "Shake, Rattle and Roll", Turner's career as a performer stretched from the 1920s into the 1980s. Turner was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. more »

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Written by: CHARLES E. CALHOUN, LOU WILLIE TURNER

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10 facts about this song

Song Introduction
"Flip, Flop and Fly" is an up-tempo twelve-bar blues song, which was written and performed by American rhythm and blues artist Big Joe Turner.
Release Date
The song was first released as a single in 1955, it quickly became one of Turner's most notable and successful songs.
Chart Performance
On the Billboard Rhythm & Blues charts, "Flip, Flop and Fly" reached the No. 2 spot and held it for several weeks.
Collaborators
The song was co-written by Charles Calhoun, a songwriter who's also known as ‘Jesse Stone’. He was a key figure in shaping the sound of rhythm and blues in the 1950s.
Iconic Lyrics
One of the most famous lines from "Flip, Flop and Fly" is "I do the flip, flop and fly, I don't care if I die".
influence on Rock n Roll
The song is known to have been an important precursor to the era of Rock and Roll. Its lyrics, musical style, and overall energy are typical of the Rock and Roll genre which emerged in the same period.
Bill Haley's Version
Rock and Roll artist Bill Haley made a popular cover version of "Flip, Flop and Fly" with his band, The Comets in 1956. His version was renamed "Flip, Flop and Fly, Defrosted" in some regions.
The Blues Brothers
The song was covered by The Blues Brothers and featured in both of their movies - "The Blues Brothers" (1980) and "Blues Brothers 2000" (1998).
Legacy and Influence
Over the years, "Flip, Flop and Fly" has become a standard in the blues repertoire. It's been covered by numerous artists in various genres, cementing its status as a timeless and significant piece of music.
Induction in the Hall of Fame
100 years after Big Joe Turner’s birth, the illustrious song "Flip, Flop and Fly" was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2019.

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