Song of the Day: Little Richard – “Ready Teddy”

Happy birthday to the architect, Little Richard, who turns 85 years old today. Originally a B-Side to “Rip It Up,” this is one of Richard’s more famous tracks, one that was of course a track about getting ready for sex. (If it isn’t clear at first, this verse gives it away – “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”). It’s always amazing how Richard’s up-tempo songs still make you want to move as intensely as ever, all these years later. Richard’s hometown of Macon, Georgia will be holding a festival in honor of his birthday today; sounds like it will be a cool event.

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