Little Richard Was Behind ‘The Magic School Bus’ Theme Song — Some Fans of the Series Didn’t Even Know It

As Ms. Frizzle once said, “All the world’s a field trip, and all the kids in our class are merely guinea pigs.” Although this series premiered over 30 years ago, some fans are just finding out that rock pioneer, the late Little Richard, is behind The Magic School Bus theme song. Viewers took to social media, sharing their love for this legendary performer.

Little Richard performed ‘The Magic School Bus’ theme song for the television series

It’s never a “normal” field trip with Ms. Frizzle and the children’s television show, The Magic School Bus. This series, first released in 1986, taught viewers about everything from soundwaves to intestines. Based in science, this animated series always had an element of fun involved. It’s only fitting that award-winning artist, Little Richard, performed the theme song.

According to IMDb, the legend performs “On The Magic School Bus,” a song that plays before each episode begins. According to Screen Rant, the theme song was composed by Peter Lurye, the man behind the music for other popular kids programming, including The Emperor’s New Groove 2 and Dora the Explorer.

Little Richard has credits performing on award-wining television shows

This wouldn’t be the first time the artist performed in conjunction with family-centered television shows. Some remember him from his cameo on Sesame Street when he sang the “Rubber Ducky” song.

During season 7 of Full House, the performer appeared as himself on the episode “Little Richard Too Late.” Uncle Jesse bought tickets for the whole family to see Little Richard but the twins end up cutting them up for an art project.

Surprisingly, Little Richard happened to be the uncle of Michelle’s friend Denise. Along with Uncle Jesse, Little Richard helps save the art program at the girls’ school, singing “Keep A-Knockin'” on the episode.

Little Richard performs at the Gala for the President at Ford's Theatre
Little Richard performs at the Gala for the President at Ford’s Theatre | Frank Micelotta /Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

Fans of Little Richard shared their shock at his involvement on ‘The Magic School Bus’

Rock n’ Roll pioneer, Little Richard, recently died at the age of 87, after a long battle with bone cancer. As a result, some fans took to social media, sharing their love and admiration for the performer behind so many family-centered television shows and movies.

“Little Richard was a major part of my childhood. From ‘The Magic School Bus’ Theme, to The ‘Casper The Friendly Ghost’ theme that played at the end of the 1995 film, but I’ll always remember The ‘Rubber Duckie’ song he performed on Sesame Street,” one Twitter user said.

“Sadly, the Rock n’ Roll music legend Little Richard has died today at the age of 87. While I just learned this mindblowing fact, he was the one who sang the iconic theme song to The Magic School Bus. Thanks for rocking our childhoods,” another Twitter user wrote.

Music by Little Richard, including “Tutti Frutti,” is available on streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music. Episodes of The Magic School Bus, in addition to episodes of the spinoff series, The Magic School Bus Rides Again, are available for streaming on Netflix.