Saturday, December 21, 2013

Record #0525: Whole Lot of Shakin' Going On / It'll Be Me – JERRY LEE LEWIS

Sun 267 (original) USA, Mar. 15, 1957
Words & Music by:  Side A – Dave Williams, Sunny David (=James "Roy" Hall); Side B – Jack Clement
Musicians: Jerry Lee Lewis (vocals and piano), Roland Janes (guitar), Jimmy Van Eaton (drums)
Recording sessions: Produced by Sam Phillips and Jack Clement at Sun Studio, Memphis, TN, Feb. 1957
Highest chart positions:  US #3, US R&B #1, US Country #1, UK #8

This classic single was the breakthrough for Jerry Lee. It was the first of his five US Country #1 hits and his only US R&B #1.

Jerry Lee's version of "Whole Lot of Shakin' Going On" was elected to the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.

Legend has it that only one take was needed to get this hit song done. Well, that could be, but Jerry Lee had played it before in at least two other studio sessions.

The song was originally recorded by Big Maybelle in 1955.

List price:  Very Good+ is $20, Near Mint is $40

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