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Shake Rattle and Roll

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(Calhoun)

 

Information:
Shake Rattle and Roll was written by Jesse Stone using the pseudonym Charles E. Calhoun, and first recorded by Joe Turner (Atlantic 1026) in 1954. Turner's recording was a #2 rhythm and blues hit. Bill Haley and His Comets recorded a version of Shake Rattle and Roll on April 12, 1954 - the same day that Rock Around the Clock was recorded. Haley's release (Decca 29204), which used less suggestive lyrics, reached #7 on Billboard's Best-Selling Singles chart and sold over a million copies.

 

Elvis recorded Shake Rattle and Roll on February 3, 1956, at RCA's New York City studios. His version reverted to Turner's lyrics, although one verse from Haley's recording was used. Elvis's single release did not chart. In late 1956 Buddy Holly recorded Shake Rattle and Roll with virtually the same lyrics as on Elvis's version, but his version was not released until 1964 on the Showcase LP.

 

Elvis sang Shake Rattle and Roll (with a Flip Flop and Fly ending) on his first Stage Show appearance on January 28, 11956. He also performed the song on The Milton Berle Show on April 3, 1956. A film clip of the Stage Show appearance was used in the 1981 documentary This Is Elvis. Drums were overdubbed on that clip.

 

Lyrics:


Well, get at that kitchen and rattle those pots and pans

Get at that kitchen and rattle those pots and pans

And roll my breakfast because I'm a hungry man

 

I believe you're doing me wrong and now I know

I believe you're doing me wrong and now I know

'Cause the harder I work the faster my money goes

 

1. Well, I said shake, rattle and roll
I said shake rattle and roll, I said shake, rattle and roll
I said shake rattle and roll, well you won't do right to save your doggone soul

 

I'm like a one-eyed cat peeping in a seafood store
I'm like a one-eyed cat peeping in a seafood store
Well, I can look at you and tell you ain't no child no more

 

And you wear them dresses the sun come shining through

And you wear them dresses the sun come shining through

I can't believe my eyes all in there belongs to you

 

1. (repeat)

 

I went over the hill, way down underneath
I went over the hill, way down underneath
You make me roll my eyes and then you make me grit my teeth

 

1. (repeat)


Where it was released:

Released for the fist time on EP (1956) »

 

Singles:

- Lawdy Miss Clawdy / Shake, Rattle and Roll (RCA 20-6642) September 1956. Standard 78 RPM release »

- Lawdy Miss Clawdy / Shake, Rattle and Roll (RCA 47-6642) September 1956. Standard 45 RPM release »

- Lawdy Miss Clawdy / Shake, Rattle and Roll (RCA 447-0615) March 1959. Gold standard series reissue »

 

EPs:

- Elvis Presley (RCA EPA-830) (1956) »

- Good Rockin' Tonight (1956) - Motion Picture Service

 

LPs/CDs:

- For LP Fans Only (1959) »

- For LP Fans Only (1965) »

- The Legendary Recordings of Elvis (1979) »

– This Is Elvis (1981) »

- The Great Performances (1990)

- The King of Rock’n’Roll – The Complete 50’s Masters (1992)

- Elvis 56 (1996)

- Elvis 56 – Special Edition (1996)

- Platinum – A Life in Music (1997)

- A Golden Celebration (1998)

- Rock’n’Roll (1999)

- Sunrise (1999)

- Elvis Rockabilly – Millennium Masters (2000)

- Today Tomorrow and Forever (2002)

- Elvis 56 – Remastered Edition (2003)

- Takin’ Tahoe Tonight! (2003) - FTD »

- Elvis Presley (2005)

- Elvis Presley (2006) – FTD »

- Elvis R&B (2006)

- Rock’n’Roll Hero (2006)

- Early Elvis (2007)

- Pink Cadillac – The Recordings of 1956 (2007) - Xtra

- Elvis Presley… Plus (2007) – Universe

- Readymade Digs Elvis (2007)

– A Boy From Tupelo (2012) - FTD » 

- This is Elvis (2015) - FTD »

For LP Fans Only (2018) - FTD »

 

Bootleg Releases:

- Elvis (1974) - Neuphone Records

- Sold Out (1974) - E.P. Records

- Dorsey Shows (1976) - Golden Archive Records

- The Sun Years (1977) - Sun International Corp.

- Superstar Outtakes, Volume 2 (1977) - E.P. Records

 

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