The Guess Who

Shakin' All Over

Composed by Johnny Kidd

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Johnny Kidd & the Pirates were a British rock & roll band of the late '50s and early '60s. The night before a recording session for HMV Records in July 1959, Kidd, whose real name was Frederick Heath, wrote "Shakin' All Over." It was a simple song with lyrics detailing the effect that a woman had on her boyfriend; her simplest actions led to "quivers down the backbone," among other things. Kidd matched the lyric to descending guitar and bass lines that proved memorable. An early example of authentic British rock & roll, "Shakin' All Over" took a while to find its audience, but it entered the U.K. charts in June 1960 and hit number one in August. In the U.S., it went unheard, but it attracted attention in Canada. In 1965, the Canadian group Chad Allan & the Expressions recorded a cover version, but Quality, their record label, in an attempt to suggest that the disc had really been made by a famous British group, released it credited to "The Guess Who?" The same credit was given to the record when it appeared in the U.S. on Scepter Records, and it rose into the American Top 20. With Burton Cummings replacing Allan, the Canadian group retained the name the Guess Who and went on to further success. Meanwhile, "Shakin' All Over" became a much-recorded rock & roll standard, with the most prominent later version being the one heard on the Who's multi-platinum, Top Five album Live at Leeds in 1970.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Shakin' All Over [US] 1965 Legend 2:46
Power in the Music 1975 RCA
No Image 1983
Classic Rock: 1965 - Shakin' All Over 1989
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:43
Grandson of Frat Rock!, Vol. 3 1991
Various Artists
Rhino 2:42
American Jukebox Classics, Vol. 4: Dancing To The Jukebox 1995
Various Artists
Sterling Gold 2:51
Treasured Tunes, Vol. 6 1996
Various Artists
Stardust Records 2:42
Groovin' Greats: Hits of the 60's, Vol. 7 1996
Various Artists
Creative Sounds 2:35
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Metacom 2:43
Garage Band Classics 1998
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution 2:39
Frat Rock! 3 Pac 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 2:42
Classic 60's: Shakin' All Over 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Time/Life Music 2:43
Classic '60s [Time Life] 1999
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:43
Shakin' All Over! 2001 Sundazed 2:42
Raised on Rock 2002
Various Artists
Goldies 3:00
12 Hits of the '60s, Vol. 1: Five Star Collection 2002
Various Artists
Varèse Sarabande / Varese 2:44
Best Singles of All Time, Vol. 2 2003
Various Artists
Rajon Entertainment Pty Ltd.
Shakin' All Over/Hey Ho/It's Time 2003 Friday Music 2:43
Anthology 2003 BMG Heritage / RCA 2:41
Triple Value: Sixties 2003
Various Artists
Red X Entertainment Pty Ltd
The Essential Guess Who 2010 Legacy / RCA 2:41
Haynes Ultimate Guide to the 60s 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:41
16 All-Time Rockhits, Vol. 2
Various Artists
All Time
No Image
Various Artists
2:38
Essential Radio Hits of the 60s
Various Artists
Classic Music Company / MVD Audio 2:34
Essential Radio Hits of the 60s, Vol. 7
Various Artists
Hampton Records / MVD Audio 2:34
No Image
Various Artists
Pony Canyon Records
Go'in Back in Time, Vol. 3
Various Artists
ARC Records
Made in Canada, Vol. 1: 1960-1970
Various Artists
BMG 2:40
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