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Album: Big Joe Turner's Greatest HitsReleased: 1954
An Atlantic Records songwriter/producer named Jesse Stone (under the name of Charles Calhoun) wrote this specially for Turner's New York recording session. Big Joe preferred recording on the road - this was his first Big Apple session in 18 months. "Shake, rattle and roll" was a favorite saying in Stone's weekly poker game, and while the song is ostensibly about dancing and having a good time, there are a lot of sexual overtones, especially they lyrics, "One-eyed cat peepin' in a seafood store," which was supplied by Stone's drummer, Baby Lovett.
Bill Haley and his Comets recorded this song in 1954 as the follow-up to their single "Thirteen Women
"/"Rock Around The Clock
." This version was a hit, going to #7 on the Billboard
charts. Haley reworked the most overtly sexual lyrics in the song for the sake of airplay, replacing "You wear those dresses, the sun comes shining through. I can't believe my eyes all that mess belongs to you" with "You wearin' those dresses, your hair done up so nice. You look so warm but your heart is as cold as ice." The "one-eyed cat peekin' in a seafood store" stayed in, since that one went over the heads of most white listeners.
Artists to record this song include Elvis Presley, Huey Lewis & the News, Patsy Cline, Arthur Conley, and The Beatles.
This plays during the closing credits of the 1985 mystery/comedy Clue, a movie based on the board game by Parker Brothers. It is set in the mid-1950s. (thanks, Brett - Edmonton, Canada)
In a Rhino Records collection, Turner said: "Everybody was singing slow blues when I was young, and I thought I'd put a beat to it and sing it up-tempo." (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)