All Shook Up

Album: Presley - The All Time Greatest Hits (1957)
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  • In this song, Elvis is "all shook up" because he's lovestruck. This girl has him wobbly, and it's even affecting his speech. "What'sa wrong with me?" he asks.
  • This was Presley's second-biggest hit in the US (after "Don't Be Cruel"/"Hound Dog"), spending eight weeks atop Billboard's Top 100 Singles chart and a ninth week at #1 on the Jukebox chart.
  • Songwriter Otis Blackwell wrote this on a dare. One of the owners of Shalimar Music (Blackwell's publishing company) wandered into Blackwell's office as he was struggling to create a follow-up to "Don't Be Cruel." As Al Stanton approached Blackwell, Stanton was shaking a bottle of Pepsi. Stanton said to Blackwell, "I've got an idea. Why don't you write a song called 'All Shook Up'?" According to Blackwell, the song was finished in a couple of days.
  • Although Blackwell is the sole composer, Presley shared the songwriting credit, as demanded by Colonel Tom Parker. The same thing happened with "Don't Be Cruel."
  • Billboard declared this the #1 single of 1957. "Don't Be Cruel" was #1 for 1956, the only time in the history of Billboard that the same artist recorded the #1 hit singles of two consecutive calendar years.
  • When this song was released, Presley was in the midst of an incredible hot streak. He had the #1 single for 25 weeks in 1956: "Heartbreak Hotel" (8 weeks), "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" (1), "Don't Be Cruel/Hound Dog" (11 weeks, both sides alternating at #1), "Love Me Tender" (5). He spent 25 more weeks at #1 in 1957 with: "Too Much" (3 weeks), "All Shook Up" (8), "Teddy Bear" (7), "Jailhouse Rock" (7).
  • Many artists have covered this song, but only two have taken it to the charts. The first to do it was Suzi Quatro, an American rocker who had tremendous success in the UK but is best known in her home country for her appearances as Leather Tuscadero on the TV series Happy Days, where she performed the song, along with "Heartbreak Hotel," on a 1977 episode. In 1974 her cover went to #85 in the US and got the attention of Elvis, who called her up when she was on tour in Memphis, hoping she would come see him. She declined the offer ("too scared," she said), but remained a huge fan, citing him as a pivotal figure in her career.

    Billy Joel recorded the song for the 1992 movie Honeymoon In Vegas, where Elvis has a huge presence. His version went to #92 in America and also made #27 in the UK.
  • This song was the basis for a musical called All Shook Up that opened on Broadway in 2005. The production featured various Elvis Presley songs amidst a plot line based on the Shakespeare's play Twelfth Night.
  • In 2009 The Performing Rights Society announced this as the most-played Elvis song in public places in the UK.

Comments: 21

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn June 7, 1974, Suzi Quatro performed her covered version of "All Shook Up" on the NBC-TV late night musical/variety program 'The Midnight Special'...
    Three months later on September 8th, 1974 "All Shook Up" entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #85, the following week it remained at #85, and on it's third and final week on the Top 100 it would be at #100...
    On the same 'Special" show she also performed the record's B-side, "Glycerine Queen"...
    Between 1973 and 1981 she had seven records on the Hot Top 100 chart; one made the Top 10, "Stumblin' In", a duet with Chris Norman, it peaked at #4 {for 2 weeks} on May 6th, 1979...
    "Stumblin' In" reached #2 {for 4 weeks} on the Australian Kent Music Singles chart, and for the 4 weeks it was at #2, the #1 record for those 4 weeks was "La Freak" by Chic...
    Susan Kay 'Suzi' Quatro celebrated her 67th birthday four days ago on June 3rd, 2017.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyPer:
    On April 22nd, 2017 an estimated $100,000 worth of damage was done by an electrical fire to a home Elvis Presley once owned at 1034 Audubon Drive. This was the home Elvis owned before buying Graceland, the house was unoccupied at the time....
    Elvis purchased Graceland on March 25th, 1957 for $102,500...
    On the day Graceland was purchased Billboard's Top 10 chart was:
    #1. All Shook Up by The King
    #2. Little Darlin' by The Diamonds
    #3. Round and Round by Perry Como
    #4. Gone by Ferlin Husky
    #5. Party Doll by Buddy Knox with the Rhythm Orchids
    #6. Come Go With Me by The Dell-Vikings
    *#7. Butterfly by Andy Williams
    #7. Why Baby Why by Pat Boone
    #9. School Day (Ring! Ring! Goes the Bell) by Chuck Berry
    #10. So Rare by The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra
    * A tie at #7...
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn April 22nd 1957, Custom-built 'music gates' were installed at the entrance of Elvis Presley's Graceland in Memphis. At the time the King's "All Shook Up" was at #1 on all four of Billboard Magazine's major music charts; Best-Selling in Stores chart, Most Played on Juke Boxes chart, Most Played By Jockeys chart, and the Top 100 Sides chart...
    Plus it was also at #1 on Billboard's R&B Best-Sellers in Stores chart.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn March 28th, 1957 Elvis performed at Chicago's International Amphitheatre* wearing his famous gold lamé suit for the first time...
    And on that very same day "All Shook Up" peaked at #1 on Billboard's Best-Selling in Stores chart, and it remained in the top spot for the next seven weeks...
    For seven of the weeks it was at #1, the #2 record was "Little Darlin'" by the Diamonds...
    * Attending the concert was Ral Donner, who was a 'sound like Elvis' singer who had five Top 100 records and narrated the 1981 documentary film, 'This Is Elvis'.
  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaJerry good question. What is a fuzzy tree? And love that slapping sound.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn September 27th 1957, Elvis appeared at a benefit for his proposed Elvis Presley Youth Recreation Center, the benefit was held at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair & Dairy Show in his hometown of Tupelo, MS...
    This was his first show with his new backing duo, Hank Garland and Bob Moore; six days earlier on September 21st Scotty Moore and Bill Black quit over a salary dispute with Col. Parker...
    At the time Elvis had three records on Billboard's Top 100 chart; at #12 was "Teddy Bear", "Loving You" was at #38, and "All Shook Up" was at #74*...
    * According to Billboard, "All Shook Up" was actually tied at #74 with "Melodie D'Amour" by the Ames Brothers.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn April 4th 1957, at 4:30 AM Elvis stopped for breakfast* at the North Genesee Club Diner in Utica, NY; he was accompanied by three body guards and driving in a caddy, of course... He was on his way from from Ottawa, Canada to Philadelphia, PA...
    At the time "All Shook Up" was #1 on Billboard's Best Seller in Stores chart, #2 on the Most Played by Jockeys chart, and #4 on Most Played on Juke Boxes chart...
    Plus his "Too Much" was at #19 on the Most Played on Juke Boxes chart...
    * He ordered bacon, eggs, French toast, and coffee; left a $2 tip.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn March 31st 1957, Elvis played two shows {2 PM & 6 PM} at the Olympia Stadium in Detroit, and he was billed as ‘The Nation's Only Atomic-Powered Singer'...
    At the time his "All Shook Up" was at #6 on Billboard's Top 100 chart, and that was only its 2nd week on the chart, on its 1st week it entered at #26...
    Not surprisingly the next week it was at #1 and it stayed in the top spot for eight weeks...
    Also on March 31st, 1957 he had three other records on the Top 100; "Too Much" {at #18}, "Peace in the Valley" {at #58}, and "That's When Your Heartaches Begin" {tied at #59}*...
    * The two records it was tied with at #59 were "A White Sport Coat & a Pink Carnation" by Marty Robbins and "Wonderful! Wonderful!" by Johnny Mathis.
  • Jon from Destin, FlOf all his songs, this is my favorite #1. And for all it's simplicity, it rocks right from the beginning with Dudley Brooks on the piano. It spent 8 straight weeks at #1. Total chart stay was 30 weeks - the longest of any Presley single.

    Elvis singing "Yeah, yeah" inspired Lennon & McCartney to add "Yeah, yeah, yeah" to "She Loves You".

    Barry says in the comments "Don't" isn't on Songfacts? That's like omitting "Hey Jude" by the Beatles, which Elvis also covered well btw.

    Let me add to his comments. The single "Don't" replaced "Get a Job". After only one week at the top, it was replaced by "Tequila". It spent 20 weeks on the top 100 chart. It's my #3 favorite of Elvis. "One Night" my #2.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NySince Elvis' "Don't" isn't on Song Facts I'll post the following here. Elvis had the No. 1 record of the year for both 1956 & 1957, he just missed three years in a row. "Don't" was the Number Three record for the year of 1958. Copy & paste:
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyAccording to Billboard's Year-End chart for the Top 100 Songs of 1957; All Shook Up was the Number One Record for the year of 1957. Elvis also had the #9 record {Too Much}, the #14 record {Teddy Bear/Loving You} and the #16 record {Jailhouse Rock}. Copy & paste:
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn April 13, 1957 "All Shook You" reached No. 1 and stayed there for 8 weeks; then Pat Boone's "Love Letters in the Sand" became No. 1 for 5 weeks. But Elvis reclaimed No. 1 with "Teddy Bear" and held it for 7 weeks...
  • Mark from Dublin, IrelandBilly joel done a great version of this track and so did suzi quato...But should check out Cliff Richards version on his 2003 album "wanted" its a completely different version bringing the song right up to date,not that im saying that it needs to be brought up to date,its still a rock n roll classic from the king but check out Cliffs version.
  • Richard from London, EnglandSome very sad Elvis fans have tried to claim that the original title was "Shook Up" and that Elvis got the co-writing credit by adding "All" during the chorus. Hogwash!
  • Alexandre Medina from São Paulo, BrazilPaul McCartney made one of the greatest versions ever in his Run Devil Run album
  • Jerry from Brooklyn, NyWhqt in the world is a "fuzzy tree?"
  • Howard from St. Louis Park, MnI remember hearing this song in an early Happy Days episode, where Richie, Potsie and Ralph form a band and the only song they played was All Shook Up.
  • Sigurbjörn from KeflavÃ?k, IcelandThe start of Billy Joel´s version is great.
  • Brenda from Winnipeg, CanadaBilly Joel also recorded this song, as well as Heartbreak Hotel, for the Honeymoon in Vegas motion picture soundtrack in 1992.
  • Jeff from Boston, MaWhile recording this song, Elvis once again achieved some of that easy-going rhythm, partly by overdubbing himself slapping on theback of his guitar.
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