Shakin' All Over

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"Shakin' All Over"
Single by Johnny Kidd and the Pirates
B-side"Yes Sir, That's My Baby" (Donaldson/Khan)
Released1960 (UK)
Format7"
RecordedAbbey Road, 13 May 1960 (9 June 1959 "Yes, Sir")
GenreRhythm and Blues
LabelHMV POP 753 (UK)
Writer(s)Johnny Kidd
Johnny Kidd and the Pirates singles chronology
"You Got What It Takes"
(1960)
"Shakin' All Over"
(1960)
"Restless"
(1960)
 
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"Shakin' All Over"
Single by Johnny Kidd and the Pirates
B-side"Yes Sir, That's My Baby" (Donaldson/Khan)
Released1960 (UK)
Format7"
RecordedAbbey Road, 13 May 1960 (9 June 1959 "Yes, Sir")
GenreRhythm and Blues
LabelHMV POP 753 (UK)
Writer(s)Johnny Kidd
Johnny Kidd and the Pirates singles chronology
"You Got What It Takes"
(1960)
"Shakin' All Over"
(1960)
"Restless"
(1960)

"Shakin' All Over" is a rhythm and blues song originally performed by Johnny Kidd and the Pirates. It was written by frontman Johnny Kidd and reached #1 in the United Kingdom in August 1960. The musicians who performed on the recording were Johnny Kidd (vocals), Alan Caddy (guitar), Brian Gregg (bass), Clem Cattini (drums) and Joe Moretti (lead guitar).

History[edit]

Kidd was quoted as saying:

"When I was going round with a bunch of lads and we happened to see a girl who was a real sizzler we used to say that she gave us 'quivers down the membranes'. It was a standard saying with us referring to any attractive girl…..I can honestly say that it was this more than anything that inspired me to write 'Shakin' All Over'."

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The original recording was not a hit outside of Europe. Instead, "Shakin' All Over" gained fame in North America after the Canadian band The Guess Who covered it in early 1965, where it became a #1 hit in Canada, and a #22 hit in the US. The Guess Who had previously been known as "Chad Allan and the Expressions" prior to the release of "Shakin' All Over", but the group's Canadian label (Quality Records) issued the record as by "Guess Who?", in an attempt to imply that the record might be by a British Invasion act. The group subsequently permanently changed its name to The Guess Who, and went on to a long Top 40 career.

The Guess Who's version also became a #27 hit in Australia, but another "Shakin' All Over" cover became a national #1 hit in late 1965 for Normie Rowe. Rowe's version of the track (backed by "Que Sera Sera") was one of the biggest-selling Australian singles of the decade.

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Preceded by
"Please Don't Tease"
by
Cliff Richard & The Shadows
UK number-one single
"Shakin' All Over"

August 4, 1960
Succeeded by
"Please Don't Tease"
by
Cliff Richard & The Shadows