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“Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” – Ricky Nelson – 1957
Written by Dave “Curlee” Williams and usually credited to him and James Faye “Roy” Hall, the song was first recorded by Big Maybelle, though the best-known version is the 1957 rock and roll/rockabilly version by Jerry Lee Lewis.
“The teenage phenomenon that was Ricky Nelson proved that he was not just a singles sensation on 11 November 1957,” wrote Paul Sexton for UDiscoverMusic.
“After three big hit 45s in the US, he made his first-ever appearance on the American album chart with ‘Ricky’.”
“The young man from Teaneck, New Jersey was barely 17 years old when he crashed onto the singles scene as one of the biggest heartthrobs of the day, in the spring of 1957, with ‘A Teenager’s Romance,’ which raced to No. 2. To underline what big news Ricky was, the flip side, ‘I’m Walking,’ reached No. 4 in its own right. That debut hit was followed by a more modest success with ‘You’re My One And Only Love,’ but he was soon back in the top three with ‘Be-Bop Baby.’”
“Then came that first album, which steadily made its way up the charts until it made it all the way to No. 1 on 20 January 1958, taking over from Elvis’ Christmas Album. It was an appropriate accession, since Nelson had, by now, long since proved that he was so much more than just one of the countless Presley-imitating pack. The Ricky LP spent two weeks at the top of the American countdown, before Frank Sinatra made the top spot with Come Fly With Me.”
“Ricky was a strange mixture of material aimed at Nelson’s teenage female fanbase, including ‘Be-Bop Baby,’ plus covers of contemporary rock ‘n’ rollers like Jerry Lee Lewis’ ‘Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On’ and Carl Perkins’ ‘Boppin’ The Blues’ and ‘Your True Love,’ and remakes of standards such as Cole Porter’s ‘True Love’ and other time-honoured songs like ‘Am I Blue’ and ‘I’m Confessin.” But Nelson could do no wrong for those teenage fans, who loved it no matter which era the songs came from.”
For more information about Ricky Nelson and his contributions to the musical landscape, you can explore his profile on Wikipedia.
Watch Video “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” – Ricky Nelson
Lyrics Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On
Come on over, baby, whole lotta shakin’ goin’ onYes I said come on over, baby, baby, you can’t go wrong We ain’t fakin’ a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on
Well, I said come on over, baby, we got chicken in the barnCome on over, baby, babe, I got the bull by the horns We ain’t fakin’, a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on
Well, shake, baby, shakeI said shake, baby, shake I said shake it, baby, shake it Well shake, baby, shake
Come on over, whole lot of shakin goin’ onAh let’s go
Well, come over, baby, we got chicken in the barnWhose barn, what barn, my barn Come on over, baby, better got your bull by the horn We ain’t fakin’, whole lot of shakin’ goin’ on
Easy nowShake it, oh, shake it, baby Yeah, you can shake one time for me Well, I said on come over, baby, whole lot of shakin’ goin’ on Now let’s get real low one time now
Shake, baby, shakeAll you gotta, honey, is kinda stand in one spot Wiggle around just a little bit That’s what you gotta do, yeah Ooh, babe, whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on Now let’s go one time
Shake it, babe, shake itShake it, babe, shake Shake it, babe, come on, babe Shake it, babe, shake it Come on over, whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on