Monday, March 7, 2011

The Swinging Blue Jeans - "Shakin' All Over" - HMV, 1964

Record rule #432: Songs with "shakin'" in the title have gotta be good.  Today's 45 is from The Swinging Blue Jeans. After a start as a jazz-influenced skiffle group in '57, the band switched over to rock in the early 60's, becoming part of the British Beat movement.  They quickly landed a contract at HMV, and started off strong with "It's Too Late Now, which made the Top 40. You may also know them from '63's "Hippy Hippy Shake". Today's tune is the Danish release of a cover of the Johnny Kidd and the Pirates original (the original hit #1 in the UK in '60). This tune has become a standard and has been covered by everyone and their mother. The Swinging Blue Jeans kicked around for a lot longer, but never really reached the heights of the early 60's again.
Your mum would approve of these fine lads
His Master's Voice, of HMV or short, was an off-shoot of Gramophone Company. Gramophone Company goes all the way back to the late 19th century, and HMV has been involved in more mergers and takeovers than most.
Random old-ass 78 from HMV
The label seems to have stopped by the 80s, but it was revivied in '88 for Morrissey's "Viva Hate".
And, the clip:

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