Friday, October 21, 2016

The Friday Five: Your “Shak…” Songs

I’m doing this early (Wednesday afternoon) because my Internet service (from the company whose name rhymes with “bomb blast”) has been in and out. It dawned on me that the problem might be at my end, so I ordered another access point (modem and router combination) yesterday. I agreed to try Amazon Prime for a month to get two-day shipping, but for some reason it won’t get here until today, probably when Mary and I are out. If this one gives me trouble, then I’ll know it’s their problem.

Anyway, here are your choices for songs with “shak…” in the title.

Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On – Jerry Lee Lewis Dan, Uncle Jack, and brother Kip all suggested this. Actually, Kip said he was surprised I hadn’t thought of it myself. Hey, it happens sometimes. Jimmy Swaggart’s cousin scored a #1 on the country and R&B charts with this, as well as a #3 on the Hot 100 in 1957.

Shake, Rattle and Roll – Big Joe Turner and His Blues Kings Uncle Jack had this one as well. I decided to go with the original as opposed to Bill Haley’s excellent cover. Big Joe reached #1 on the R&B chart with this in 1957.

Shakedown Street – The Grateful Dead From my brother Pat. The title track from their 1978 album, it was released as a single but failed to chart. The album came in at #41 in 1979 and was certified gold in 1987.

Shaky Town – Jackson Browne Arlee suggested this. It’s from Jackson’s 1972 eponymous first album (often mistakenly called Saturate Before Using), but wasn’t released as a single (though the album reached #53 that year).

Shakey’s Pizza commercial Kip came up with this one, and while it’s not a song per se, it’s a catchy jingle and Gordon Jump appears in the commercial. When we went to California in 1967, we ate at Shakey’s one night and thought it was pretty good (but what did we know? It was fifty years ago and we were 11, 9, and 8 at the time). If you’ve been there lately, let me know how the food is. Otherwise I have to convince Mary to drive to Auburn, Alabama…

Thanks to everyone that suggested songs for the theme. That’s your Friday Five for October 21, 2016.




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