August 2, 1960 - Shakin' All Over at No. 1

Aug 02, 2012

By AM740 Staff

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Johnny Kidd and The Pirates went to No. 1 on the UK charts with ‘Shakin’ All Over.’ While in the studio recording a rockabilly version of the old Tin Pan Alley song ‘Yes Sir, that’s My Baby’, Kidd and the band were told that they could put an original song on the B side. They quickly wrote ‘Shakin’ All Over’ and recorded it. That song would eventually became the A side.

“Significantly, ‘Shakin’ All Over’ was the first British rock song to be covered by bands from around the world and for a fairly long period of time. There were American, Canadian, British and Australian cover recordings of the song.”

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The Canadian group Chad Allan and the Expressions, better known as their later name, the Guess Who, recorded a version in 1965 that went to No. 1 in Canada.

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