Shakin' All Over

(version 1) Heath, 1960  Recorded: 13-05-60

Johnny Kidd (vocals) - Alan Caddy (rthm) - Brian Gregg (bass) - Clem Catinni (drums) - Joe Moretti (lead)

Although written in haste in the basement of Chas McDevitt's "Freight Train" club and taking a short while to record, this - along with Cliff's "Move It!", Vince Taylor's "Brand New Cadillac" and a handful of others - can successfully claim to be a pinnacle of British rock 'n' roll.  The song is the sum of its parts but is simplicity itself and very effective.  The classic lead guitar figure that opens and punctuates the song throughout, plus the elegant solo in the middle was supplied via guitarist Joe Moretti.

Amazingly, "Shakin' All Over" was destined for the flipside to the band's revival (the second time at EMI's request) of "Yes Sir, That's My Baby", which son became relegated to the flipside itself.  The respected Moretti was lead guitarist in Vince Taylor's Playboys at the time of "Cadillac" and has probably played on more session recordings than any guitarist alive.  Taylor and the Playboys were filmed performing this song (plus others) for the French "Scopitone" film jukeboxes.

 
(E)     (E)     (E)     (E)

(E)When you move in (E)right up close to me     (E)     (E)
(E)That's when I get the (E)shakes all over me     (E)     (E)     (E)
(E)Quivers down the backbone     (Am)
I get the
(E)shakes down the kneebone     (E)
Yeah get the
(Am)tremors in the thighbone     (Am)     (E)
Shakin' All over

(E)     (E)     (E)     (E)

(E)Just the way that you (E)say goodnight to me     (E)     (E)
(E)Brings that feeling (E)all inside of me     (E)     (E)     (E)
(E)Quivers down the backbone     (Am)
I get the
(E)shakes down the kneebone     (E)
Yeah get the
(Am)tremors in the thighbone     (Am)     (E)
Shakin' All over (Drum Solo - 2 bars)

(instrumental break)

(E)     (E)     (E)     (E)
(Am)     (Am)     (E)     (E)
(Bm)     (Am)     (E)     (E)     (E)     (E)


(E)Quivers down the backbone    
(Am)
I get the
(E)shakes down the kneebone     (E)
Yeah get the
(Am)tremors in the thighbone     (Am)     (E)
Shakin' All over

(E)     (E)


Yeah, you (E)make me shake and I (E)like it baby,
Well you (E)make me shake and I (E)like it baby,
Well, (E)shake shake shake and I (E)like like like, yeah

NB - the descending riff played throughout each verse is based in E Major, and this is the base chord referred to.  For the record, the notes played are E - E - D - B - E - E - D - B etc.

 
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