Big Joe Turner

Shake, Rattle & Roll

Composed by Charles E. Calhoun

Song Review by

This started life as a string of unconnected blues verses written by Atlantic records staff producer Jesse Stone, writing under the name of Charles Calhoun, for an upcoming Joe Turner session. Legend has it the leftover verses were then recycled into Turner's follow-up hit, "Flip, Flop and Fly." Certainly the original has had legs, first being recycled into a pop hit for Bill Haley and the Comets, its original lyrics being severely "whitened" up for its ride up the '50s charts. Even more exciting are the numerous versions recorded by Elvis Presley in the 1950s. Although the official studio version seems a little stiff by modern standards, his live performance of it on the Dorsey Brothers Stage Show (his network TV debut where he sang it as a medley with "Flip, Flop and Fly") and the Lubbock, TX, radio station version with just Scotty and Bill are pure rockabilly excitement. Although Haley's version resonates the longest, it has also unfortunately lent the song a corny memory that's hard to shake. But a quick listen to Joe Turner's swinging original puts the song's true breakthrough on open display.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1963 Atlantic
No Image 1971 Atco 2:58
No Image 1973
Various Artists
Rhino
Oldies But Goodies: Legendary Hits 1979
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:59
Rock and Roll: The Early Days 1985
Various Artists
RCA
Oldies But Goodies, Vol. 2 1987
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:59
Big Joe Turner's Greatest Hits 1989 Rhino 2:57
Atlantic Soul Classics [1985] 1990
Various Artists
Warner Music / Rhino 2:59
Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974 [Box] 1991
Various Artists
Atlantic 3:07
Blues Masters, Vol. 5: Jump Blues Classics 1992
Various Artists
Rhino 3:01
No Image 1992
Various Artists
Rhino
Rhythm & Blues: 1954 1992
Various Artists
Time / Life Music
No Image 1992
Various Artists
LRC Records
Every Day in the Week 1993 Decca / GRP 2:35
Johnny Otis Presents the Best of R&B by the Original Artists 1993 Delta Distribution 2:58
Rites of Rhythm & Blues: 1993... 1993
Various Artists
Capitol / EMI Records 0:00
Blues Singers, Vol. 2 1994
Various Artists
Lester Recording Catalog / LRC Records 6:16
Big, Bad & Blue: The Big Joe Turner Anthology 1994 Rhino 3:00
Shake, Rattle and Roll [Tomato] 1994 Rhino 2:54
Blues Masters, Vols. 1-5 1995
Various Artists
Rhino 0:00
Only Rock 'N Roll 1955-1965: 20 Pop Hits 1996
Various Artists
Rhino / JCI Associated Labels 2:59
Corrine Corrina 1997 Collector's Edition / JDC Records 3:00
The Very Best of Big Joe Turner 1998 Rhino 3:02
The King's Record Collection, Vol. 1 1998
Various Artists
Hip-O
Story of Blues, Vol. 1: Originals 1998
Various Artists
Riviere International Records 3:00
Chart Toppers: R&B Hits of the 50s 1998
Various Artists
Priority Records 3:01
Blues Power, Vol. 1: Wolf Records Presents the Best.. 1998
Various Artists
Wolf 2:45
Jumpin' Jive: Jump Blues Essentials 1999
Various Artists
Hip-O 2:59
Jump, Jive & Swing [Rhino] 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 3:01
Juke Joint Jive: Go Daddy Go 1999
Various Artists
The Right Stuff / Capitol 2:59
Loud, Fast & Out of Control: The Wild Sounds of the '50s [Box] 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 2:59
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Rhino
Liberty Heights [Original Soundtrack] 2000
Original Soundtrack
Atlantic 3:01
Oldies But Goodies, Vol. 2 & 3 2000
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:59
Sounding out the Blues 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:02
Birth of the Blues [Box Set] 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:02
Shoutin' the Blues [Catfish] 2000 Eclipse Music Group 2:58
Essential Recordings 2001 Cleopatra / Purple Pyramid 3:00
James Dean Era 2001
Various Artists
Cleopatra 3:30
Big Joe Turner 2001 Dressed To Kill 5:20
Blues Twinpack 2002 Dressed To Kill 5:20
In Session: Great Rhythm & Blues 2002 Cleopatra / Goldenlane 3:00
Blues Story [Shout! Factory] 2003
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 0:00
Shoutin' the Blues [Direct Source] 2003
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:59
Golden Era of Rock 'n' Roll: 1954-1963 2004
Various Artists
Hip-O 2:59
Gunsmoke Blues 2004
Various Artists
Hip-O
Blowing the Fuse: 29 R&B Classics That Rocked the Jukebox in 1954 2005
Various Artists
Bear Family Records 3:00
That's All Right: The Dawn of the Rock & Roll Era 2005
Various Artists
Remember Records 3:00
Shout, Rattle and Roll 2005 Proper / Proper Box 3:00
Great Rock N Roll: 58 Original Jivin Hits 2005
Various Artists
Prism Leisure 3:00
A Celebration of Black Music 2005
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:00
Rock Around the Clock [Plat] 2005
Various Artists
Prism Leisure 3:00
Rhythm & Blues: The Golden Era 2006
Various Artists
Golden Stars 2:59
Flip, Flop and Fly: 1951-1955 2006 Rev-Ola Records 2:59
The Platinum Collection 2007 Warner Platinum 3:01
The Definitive Blues Collection 2007 Rhino 3:01
Only the Best of Joe Turner 2009 Collectables 3:00
The First Rock and Roll Record 2011
Various Artists
Famous Flames 2:58
Atlantic Rock & Roll Series
Various Artists
Atlantic / Rhino 3:00
Bob Dylan Cover To Cover: The Originals, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Music Melon 3:00
Many Faces of Chuck Berry
Various Artists
Music Brokers 2:59
No Image
Various Artists
Must Have Records
Rock 'n' Roll Forever: Best of the 50's
Various Artists
Dynamic 3:00
Soda Shop Hits
Various Artists
Green Hill Productions / Spring Hill Music 2:58
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: R&B Gems - 1954-1955 [1]
Various Artists
Time / Life Music