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/Kahn)
Released1961 (UK)
Format7"
RecordedAbbey Road, 13 May 1960 (9 June 1959 "Yes, Sir")
GenreRhythm and blues, rock and roll
LabelHMV POP 753 (UK)[1]
Writer(s)Johnny Kidd, Gus Robinson[1]
Producer(s)Walter Ridley[1]
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/Kahn)
Released1961 (UK)
Format7"
RecordedAbbey Road, 13 May 1960 (9 June 1959 "Yes, Sir")
GenreRhythm and blues, rock and roll
LabelHMV POP 753 (UK)[1]
Writer(s)Johnny Kidd, Gus Robinson[1]
Producer(s)Walter Ridley[1]
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 & the Pirates.[1] The song was written by frontman Johnny Kidd, and his recording of it reached number one in the United Kingdom in August 1960.

Kidd's original recording was not a hit outside of Europe, and in other parts of the world "Shakin' All Over" is much better known in versions by other artists. A 1964 cover by The Guess Who reached #1 in Canada, and also top 40 in the US and Australia, while Normie Rowe's 1965 version was a #1 Australian hit and one of the biggest-selling Australian singles of the decade.

History[edit]

Original Johnny Kidd version (1960)[edit]

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).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".

[citation needed]

The Guess Who's version (1965)[edit]

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 1965, and the following year it became a number one hit in Canada, and a number twenty-two 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.

Normie Rowe version (1965)[edit]

The Guess Who's version also became a number twenty-seven hit in Australia, but another "Shakin' All Over" cover became a national number one 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.

Other versions[edit]


Also covered by (in alphabetical order, and including those mentioned above)[edit]

References in popular culture[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. pp. 52–3. ISBN 0-85112-250-7. 
  2. ^ "Donna Loren sings "Shakin' All Over" on Shindig (1965)". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-04-04. 
  3. ^ "American Home Of The Most Blueswailing Yardbirds". Yardbirds.US. Retrieved 2014-04-04. 
  4. ^ AC/DC in Rolling Stone of Argentina Magazine N130, January 2009.

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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