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Elvis Presley

Rock and Roll

The song “All Shook Up” was written by Otis Blackwell. One of the owners of Blackwell’s publishing company Shalamar Music was urging Blackwell to write a follow-up hit to “Don’t Be Cruel.” The story behind the song goes something like this. One day around this time, Black was sitting at a desk at his publisher’s office. Someone asked if he wanted a Coke from the machine down the hall. When the person gave it to him, the Coke slipped out of his hands and landed (bubbling away) on the floor. The person retrieved it and handed it to Otis, but he said, “I Can’t drink it now ’cause it’s all shook up.”

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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3 Comments

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

  2. The information about the song, “All Shook Up” and how the idea for the song came about is incorrect. Otis Blackwell wrote the song in Brooklyn, New York. He relayed the story to me personally. He was sitting at a desk in a publishers office. Someone asked him if he wanted a Coke from the machine down the hallway. When the person brought it to him, it started slipping out of his hands and he struggled to hold on to it but it ended up landing on the floor. So the guy picked it up and handed it to Otis. Otis then told him, “I can’t drink it now cause it’s All Shook Up.
    If you do more research, you will learn that Elvis never co-wrote any of the songs that Otis Blackwell wrote for Elvis. Otis was a black songwriter from Brooklyn and when Elvis began recording Otis’ songs, Elvis Presley’s father insisted that Elvis be given 50% of Otis Blackwells writers credits. Furthermore Otis and Elvis never, ever met each other…….never wrote anything together. But Elvis recorded all the vocals for the Blackwell songs straight off of the demo tapes with Otis singing and copied The vibrato style from Otis’s voice. Otis did plan to go and see Elvis and meet him for the first time in 1974 in Vegas but It never happened.
    I feel it necessary to mention these things because it is important that history be documented in “truth”. He Never met Elvis Presley face to face in his life.
    I am a songwriter/publisher and Otis and I worked on a couple projects together and we became good friends from the mid 1980’s til his stroke and subsequent death.
    He was not only a humble person , considering all his accomplishments but was also one of the greatest songwriters and I ever met.

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