Friday, October 14, 2016

The Friday Five: “Shak…” Songs

It wasn’t exactly the answer I was looking for, but Dan suggested “five songs with shak… in the title” to my post from yesterday, and I said, “yeah, that could work…” I’m assuming “shak…” means “shake,” “shaken,” “shaking,” and we might even able to stretch it to “shook.” Oh, and let’s not forget “Shakespeare.” Anyway, here’s the Friday Five: Songs with “shak…” in the title.

Shake Dancer – Little Walter A master of the blues harmonica, Walter got his start in Chicago with Muddy Waters before going off on his own. He was a good singer, but stepped out on occasion and let his harp do the talking. He’s the only member of the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame that was inducted specifically for his harmonica playing.

Shake Your Booty – KC and the Sunshine Band Disco wasn’t dead just yet when this song hit the charts in 1976. It went to #1 on the Hot 100, the R&B chart, and in Canada. This is from their appearance on Soul Train.

Shake Your Money Maker – The Paul Butterfield Blues Band I had originally picked the original by Elmore James, but went with this instead, because theirs is the one I heard first. It’s from their 1966 eponymous first album, and that’s guitar hero Mike Bloomfield on slide.

Shake Your Tail Feather – Ray Charles and The Blues Brothers From the 1980 film starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. The wall with the mural on it is on 47th Street; during the CTA strike in 1980, I walked from Ashland Avenue to the Illinois Central station at 47th (about five miles, and it was cold) to catch a train to go to work, and it took me past the mural.

Shakin’ All Over – The Guess Who I didn’t know this was a cover of a song by Johnny Kidd & The Pirates from 1960, and a pretty good one at that. I like this one because of the Max Fleischer video.

BONUS! Brush Up Your Shakespeare – James Whitmore and Keenan Wynn from the 1953 movie Kiss Me, Kate which featured music by an an appearance from Cole Porter and starred Kathryn Grayson and Howard Keel. Whitmore and Wynn aren’t generally known as song-and-dance men, but they do a good job here.

And there’s your Friday Five plus for October 14, 2016. Anyone have any other suggestions?




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