Although "Hippy Hippy Shake" was a classic rockabilly-styled late-1950s American rock'n'roll song, it took a British Invasion band to make it an international hit about five years later. "Hippy Hippy Shake" began life in 1959 as a minor hit single for Chan Romero. Although it's the only song Romero's remembered for -- if anyone remembers the original version at this point -- it's a quite dynamic song in its first incarnation, one of many songs that gives the lie to the myth that ferocious rock'n'roll died by early 1959. In its boogying bottom and basic three-chord structure, it owed a lot to pounding early rock'n'roll by Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis, and the guitar-oriented sound of Chuck Berry. But there was also a Hollywood professionalism in the grooving Danelectro guitar sound and the shimmering reverbed guitar solo in the instrumental break, and echoes of Ritchie Valens's youthful, giddy exuberance in Romero's vocal delivery. Though Romero screamed raunchily, at other points he offered almost girlish whoops, and the song also caught your attention by periodically coming to a complete halt before grinding into gear again. "Hippy Hippy Shake" would have most likely been forgotten had it not been discovered and covered by Liverpool groups a few years later. One of them, the Swinging Blue Jeans, put it out as a single, revving up the tempos a little, and adding Merseybeat exuberance to the vocal delivery, harmonies, and guitars, which really rang and roved in the instrumental break. They were rewarded in 1964 with a #2 single in the UK and a #24 charter in the US, where it would be their only substantial hit. This is the version that's most remembered, and it's sometimes thought of as one of the raunchiest, hard-driving singles by a British Invasion band from Liverpool other than those by the Beatles. It came as no surprise to learn that the Beatles played the song live, although they never put it on their studio releases. They did play it on the BBC, though, and while the BBC version finally released in the 1990s on the Beatles' Live at the BBC might not be as well known as the Swinging Blue Jeans' hit, it's fair to say that it's the best of all. Paul McCartney gave the song one of his all-time greatest screaming rock'n'roll vocals, while the Beatles slowed down the arrangement a little for drama, making it a little bluesier and more menacing. The Beatles actually did the song on the BBC five times, and some other BBC versions of the song than the July 1963 one on Live at the BBC circulate on bootleg; they also did a high-energy but poorly recorded one at the end of 1962 that came out on Live! At the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany.