Gregory Abbott

Shake You Down

Composed by Gregory Abbott

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Singer/songwriter/producer Gregory Abbott came up with a phrase that he thought expressed the way a man feels when he sees an attractive woman. He tried the phrase out on a female friend and she understood what he was talking about. So "Shake You Down" became the hook for the song that he was writing. After making a demo that included a basic drum machine track, a lead vocal sketch, and some chord progressions, Abbott invited his musician friends to his Grabbitt recording studio. After a listen to Abbott's demo, bassist T. M. Stevens, keyboardist Alan Panaker, guitarist Marlon Graves, and drummer Dave Beal re-recorded the song. Abbott's uncle Mike Abbott told employees of Charles Koppelman's production group, the Entertainment Company, about the melodic, easygoing "Shake You Down." Through Koppelman's firm, Abbott got a solo deal with Columbia Records. The two million-selling "Shake You Down" held the R&B spot for two weeks and went to number one pop in fall 1986. The Shake You Down album went gold, peaking at number five R&B and number 22 pop.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Shake You Down 1986 Friday Music 4:07
The Heart of Soul [Columbia] 1988
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Chartbreakers: Laserscharf 1989
Various Artists
CBS Records 4:04
Keep on Loving You [Madacy] 1993
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution 4:05
No Image 1994
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:06
Soul Nights [Polygram] 1994
Various Artists
Polygram 4:01
Old School Love Songs 1995
Various Artists
K-mack 4:05
Quiet Storm Memories 1995
Various Artists
Zomba 4:04
Billboard Hot R&B Hits 1986 1995
Various Artists
Rhino 4:09
After the Love 1995
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
The Greatest Soul Album of All Time [Dino] 1995
Various Artists
Dino Entertainment 4:03
No Image 1996
Various Artists
Madacy 4:07
All About Soul [Castle] 1996
Various Artists
Castle Music Ltd. 4:02
The Soul of Seduction 1996
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:05
Only Soul: 1985-1989 1996
Various Artists
Rhino / JCI Associated Labels 3:23
Old School Love Songs, Vol. 1 1996
Various Artists
Thump Records 4:05
Art Laboe's Dedicated to You, Vol. 8 1996
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 3:43
Sounds of the Eighties: The Late '80s Take Two 1996
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:06
Glory of Love: '80s Sweet & Soulful Love Songs 1997
Various Artists
Hip-O
Soul Moods [Crimson] 1997
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Columbia 4:04
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Telstar TV Records 4:01
Songs You Know by Heart: Songs of Love 1998
Various Artists
Unison
Chart Toppers: R&B Hits of the 80s 1998
Various Artists
Priority Records
Super Hits 1998 Legacy / Columbia/Legacy 4:03
Sexy Soul [K-Tel] 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 4:05
Body Talk: Language of Love 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Time/Life Music 4:07
Body + Soul: Love Serenade [1999] 1999
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
The Greatest Hits of the 80s 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 4:03
Hits of 1987 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:06
Love Songs [Delta] 1999
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 3:31
Love Songs [Time Life] 1999
Various Artists
Chakras Dream 4:07
Body + Soul: Between the Sheets 1999
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:07
Rockin' 80's, Vol. 1 1999
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 4:05
Soft Love, Vol. 4 2000
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 4:05
Let It Rock 1986 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 4:05
Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1987 2000
Various Artists
Buddha Records 4:06
Ultimate R&B Collection, Vol. 2 2000
Various Artists
WEA International 5:51
#1 Hits 1985-1989 2000
Various Artists
GNP/Crescendo 4:07
Soul Hits of the 80's [Sony 2000] 2000
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:04
Love Songs of the 80's [Sony] 2001
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:05
Old School Love Songs [Box Set] 2001
Various Artists
Thump Records 4:05
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:07
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Buddha Records 4:06
Typisch Tachtig! 2001
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:04
Slow Jams, Vols. 1-2 2002
Various Artists
SPG
Soul Hits of the 80's [Sony] 2002
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:05
Let's Get It On [Medalist] 2002
Various Artists
Medalist Entertainment 4:04
Midnight Soul [Madacy] 2003
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 4:07
Soul Funk 80s 2003
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 4:04
Let's Groove [Sony] 2003
Various Artists
Dmg Tv 3:58
No Image 2004
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:05
No Image 2004
Various Artists
Sony BMG
Slow Jams Collection [2 Disc] 2004
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:24
Classic Soul Ballads: Love Power 2004
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:07
Pure Groove: 80's Slow Jams 2005
Various Artists
Universal International 4:06
Ultimate Love Songs: Vision of Love 2005
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:07
R&B Classics [Sony] 2005
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 5:59
Essential Soul: Nitelife 2005
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 4:04
No Image 2005
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:05
Steve Wright's Sunday Love Songs: Love Supreme 2005
Various Artists
Universal International 3:59
Classic Soul Ballads 2005
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:06
Smooth Summer Soul 2005
Various Artists
Sony BMG 4:05
Timeless Soul Ballads 2005
Various Artists
Rex Recording 4:05
Always & Forever: All Time Greatest Slow Jams, Vol. 2 2006
Various Artists
Infinity Entertainment Group / American Beat Records 4:05
Rhyme and Reason 2006 Collectables 4:05
#1 Hits: Best of 80s Hit Radio 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 4:04
Turn Up the Sexy: Smooth R&B 2006
Various Artists
Compass Productions
Soul Love: 50 Great Soul Legends of Love 2007
Various Artists
Warner Music 4:03
100 Hits: Soul 2007
Various Artists
100 Hits 4:06
Classic Soul Ballads [Time Life Box Set] 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:07
Disco Inferno [Cloud 9] 2008
Various Artists
Various Tunes 4:05
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Sony BMG 4:06
100 Hits: 80's Love 2009
Various Artists
Demon Music Group / DMG 100 3:54
The Best Year of My Life: 1986 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music
No Image 2009
Various Artists
Commercial Canada 4:04
Essential: Summer Breeze 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:06
Chilled R&B: Summer Classics 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:04
Ministry of Sound: 80s Groove -- Old Skool Funk Soul Classics 2010
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 4:06
No Image 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:58
Easy 80s 2011
Various Artists
Time Life / Time/Life Music 4:05
Pure... Love 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:06
Easy 80s: Angel of the Morning 2011
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:05
Pure... '80s Soul Grooves 2013
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:03
100 Hits: 80s Weekender 2013
Various Artists
100 Hits 4:04
The Party Mix: Classic Soul 2013
Various Artists
Crimson 4:04
Top 40: Soul 2014
Various Artists
Crimson
100 Hits: 80s Anthems 2014
Various Artists
100 Hits 4:06
Greatest Ever: 80s Groove 2014
Various Artists
Greatest Ever / Union Square
100 Essential Tracks: Smooth Hits
Various Artists
Sony Music
100 Hits: Soul [2015]
Various Artists
100 Hits
1986: A Time To Remember the Classic Years
Various Artists
The CD Card Company / Sony BMG 4:09
80s U.S. Playlist
Various Artists
Crimson
Always & Forever
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:05
Classic Soul Anthems
Various Artists
Rhino / Wea UK 4:05
No Image
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Love Songs [Sony Music]
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:05
Magic: The Album [Sony]
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:06
No Image
Various Artists
Razor & Tie
The  Masters Series: Mellow Groove, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Camden
The  Power of Love [Sony]
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Ultimate... Love
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:08
No Image
Various Artists
Legacy
Very Best of Chilled R&B
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:04
We Call It 80's: 100 Songs To Remember
Various Artists
Fresca / Smith & Co. 3:37
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