Rock and Roll
One of the popular golden oldies from our era is “Shake, Rattle and Roll.” There have been numerous versions, including those by Big Joe Turner, Bill Haley & His Comets, and the King of Rock and Roll himself, Elvis Presley.
Sometimes the one you love isn’t good for you–or just isn’t good. “Shake, Rattle and Roll” was written in 1954 by Charles Calhoun, which was one of the professional names of Jesse Stone, who was a pianist, arranger, songwriter, and record producer. Big Joe Turner was the first to record it. Turner had a long career as a singer, starting in the 1920s and ‘30s through the 1980s. He was also one of the pioneers of rock and roll. Turner’s version of “Shake, Rattle and Roll” went to #1 on the R&B Chart and #22 on the Pop Chart. Jesse Stone and Atlantic Record executives Jerry Wexler and Ahmet Ergeun are in the shouting chorus on the song. Sam “The Man” Taylor is on the saxophone. It is on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”