This was recorded at Freddie Perren's Los Angeles studio, which was called Mom & Pop's Company Store. Perren used some of the same studio musicians he used on "I Will Survive
" - Bob Bowles on guitar, Scott Edwards on bass and James Gadson on drums. Edwards told Songfacts
about the session: "They had a basic chord chart. We were playing the changes that they had written for the song, and it wasn't working. So we took a break and while we were in the break, we were still sitting at our instruments. So I started doing a funny little thing on the bass, Bob joined in and the drummer, James, drummed in. Freddie in the recording booth heard what we were doing and cut on the tape recorder and recorded part of it.
Then when we came back from the break, Freddie said, 'What you cats were doing a few minutes ago, do that same thing to the changes of the song.' And that's what we did, and that became 'Shake Your Groove Thing.'
We actually were writers and composers, but because we had the name 'musician,' we were just players. But we actually were having to write, because the things that we came up with, the arrangers and the producers were nowhere in that direction for our particular instruments. As far as 'Shake Your Groove Thing,' we basically were jamming and we took that jam and applied it to the changes of 'Shake.' Which really is just two chords, that's how basic it was. But it was a big hit, that's the way it works."