Shake, Rattle And Roll

Album: Big Joe Turner's Greatest Hits (1954)
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  • Get outta that bed, wash your face and hands
    Get outta that bed, wash your face and hands
    Well, you get in that kitchen, make some noise with the pots 'n pans

    Way you wear those dresses, the sun comes shinin' through
    Way you wear those dresses, the sun comes shinin' through
    I can't believe my eyes, all that mess belongs to you

    I believe to my soul you're the devil and now I know
    I believe to my soul you're the devil and now I know
    Well, the more I work, the faster my money goes

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

    Yeah, blow Joe

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

    Ah, shake, rattle and roll, shake, rattle and roll
    Shake, rattle and roll, shake, rattle and roll
    Well, you won't do right to save your doggone soul

    I get over the hill and way down underneath
    I get over the hill and way down underneath
    You make me roll my eyes, even make me grit my teeth

    I said shake, rattle and roll, shake, rattle and roll
    Shake, rattle and roll, shake, rattle and roll
    Well, you won't do nothin' to save your doggone soul

    Shake, rattle and roll Writer/s: Charles Calhoun
    Publisher: BMG Rights Management, Downtown Music Publishing, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Royalty Network, Songtrust Ave, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
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Comments: 12

  • Joel from New South WalesShake, rattle and roll is NOT about dancing.....at all.
    "Over the hill and way down underneath" is about where you go after dancing. C'mon guys, figure it out.
  • Garyp from Huntsville, AlThe sax riffs on Big Joe's 1954 Atlantic studio version are just awesome, Right up there with the likes of King Curtis (Yakety-Yak) and Boots Randolph (Rockin' around The Christmas Tree). Anyone know who was in the horn section on Turners studio cut?
  • Michaelgclark from AlabamaBy November 1955 when RCA bought Elvis' contract from Sun Records he was most definitely NOT an unknown hillbilly cat. He'd already released his first #1 single, I Forgot To Remember To Forget. He'd also had modest hits with That's All Right and I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone. RCA recognized that those releases could have been even bigger if the small independent label Sun had the distribution power and reach of RCA.
  • Jennifur Sunlove Fats Dominos version his band of crazy guys just swing that tune
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn December 18th 1954, Elvis performed "Shake, Rattle, & Roll" live for the first time at the Louisiana Hayride Show at the Municipal Auditorium in Shreveport, LA
    Fourteen months later on February 3rd, 1956* he recorded the song at the RCA Record Studios in New York City...
    * Six days earlier on Jan. 28th, 1956 he performed the song on the CBS-TV program 'The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show'.
  • Stefanie from Rock Hill, ScI'm interested to know under what circumstances the Beatles recorded this. I'd never heard of them singing it. Anyone have any info?
  • Steve from New York, NyThe line "I'm like a one-eyed cat, peepin' in a sea-food store" has a certain sexual connotation...
    - Steve, New York, NY
  • Joerg from Frankfurt, GermanyThis song was released 1954, not 1951.
  • Fyodor from Denver, CoI think some book named this as the very first rock 'n' roll song.
  • Andy from Arlington, VaTurner was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
  • Ake from Ostersund, SwedenBill Haley & His Comets had their first big hit in 1953 when they recorded "Crazy Man, Crazy" (written by Haley and his bass-player Marshall Lytle but credited to Haley only when released).
    Their first Decca release, "Rock Around The Clock" (Initially a b-side) was at first not the big hit but their second Decca release, "Shake, Rattle & Roll" went to number seven on the Billboard chart. The continued success for Bill Haley & His Comets in 1954-55 really paved the way for Elvis Presley. Would RCA have been interested in paying a big deal of money for an unknown "hillbilly cat" if they hadn´t been for an answer of Decca´s Bill Haley? "Shake, Rattle & Roll" - I think Rock´n Roll begins here...
  • Alphonse Dattolo from Haledon, NjThere are many versions of this song but Joe Turner's 1954 versin is the greatest.And he was the greatest!
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