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Elvis Presley

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The song “All Shook Up,” is credited to Otis Blackwell and Elvis Presley. One of the owners of Blackwell’s publishing company Shalimar Music was urging Blackwell to write a follow-up hit to “Don’t Be Cruel.” One day around this time, Elvis saw  Otis shaking a Pepsi.  Elvis thought “all shook up” was a good phrase.  It was. The song  went to #1 on the U.S. Top 100 Singles Chart, R&B Chart, and Country Chart  in 1957. It was also the first #1 hit in the U.K. for Elvis. Since then,  “All Shook Up”  has gone on to be certified as  2x platinum by the RIAA.  It is also listed in Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”

One anecdote about “All Shook Up” comes from Gordon Stoker, who was the tenor for The Jordanaires. The group often backed up Elvis, but on “All Shook Up, ” it was only Stoker providing harmonies  here and there. This included the refrain where they sing “Uh-uh huh, uh-huh, yay-yay, I’m all shook up.” Stoker said that he and Elvis sat on stools facing each other with a single microphone between them. They sang the harmonies in perfect sync throughout the take that was finally used, but on the last “yay-yay” Elvis tricked him by changing the timing of his delivery and smiled as he watched Stoker’s nervous expression. Stoker said he always remembered that moment whenever hearing the song over the years, and it’s very easy to notice it at the end of the record.

The stories around the rise of Elvis are fun ones. Here was this daydreaming teenager hanging around a soda fountain in Memphis, drinking a shake, listening to the jukebox, waiting for his cousin to get off work. And he goes on to become an American icon by gathering up and interpreting different strands of American music. He is the best-selling solo artist in recorded music history. His work includes several genres, including rockabilly, rock and roll, pop, country, blues, gospel,  and R&B.

Here are the lyrics to “All Shook Up” by Elvis Presley:

A well I bless my soul
What’s wrong with me?
I’m itching like a man on a fuzzy tree
My friends say I’m actin’ wild as a bug
I’m in love
I’m all shook up
Mm oo oo oo yay, yay!

My hands are shaky and my knees are weak
I can’t seem to stand on my own two feet
Who do you thank when you have such luck?
I’m in love
I’m all shook up
Mm oo oo oo yay, yay!

Please don’t ask me what’s on my mind
I’m a little mixed up, but I’m feelin’ fine
When I’m near that girl that I love best
My heart beats so it scares me to death!

She touched my hand what a chill I got
Her lips are like a volcano that’s hot
I’m proud to say that she’s my buttercup
I’m in love
I’m all shook up
Mm oo oo oo yay, yay!

My tongue get tied when I try to speak
My insides shake like a leaf on a tree
There’s only one cure for this body of mine
That’s to have the girl that I love so fine!

She touched my hand what a chill I got
Her lips are like a volcano that’s hot
I’m proud to say that she’s my buttercup
I’m in love
I’m all shook up
Mm oo oo, oo yay, yay!
Mm oo oo oo, yay, yay!
I’m all shook up

For other songs by Elvis Presley: “(Marie’s the Name) His Latest Flame,” “Love Me Tender,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Soldier Boy,” “Don’t be Cruel,” “Suspicious Minds,” and “If I Can Dream.”

For More Golden Oldies Music                                

The Daily Doo Wop Rec Room has daily featured doo wop music, rock and roll hits, R&B, or rockabilly songs that were hits during the first era of rock and roll (that is, from about 1952 until the British invasion in 1964). After a song is featured, it then goes into the juke box. You are welcome to listen to any of the 40+ selections there. Every weekend, there is a Golden Oldies Juke Box Saturday Night, and the juke box is full of song requests from the 1950s and 1960s.

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  1. […] the Name) His Latest Flame,” “Can’t Help Falling in Love With You,” “All Shook Up,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” and “Jailhouse […]

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