Shake, Rattle and Roll – Big Joe Turner

THIS DAY IN MUSIC…………………………………………..on February 1st of 1954 backed by his Jazz ensemble, Big Joe Turner records the original version of “Shake, Rattle and Roll”. The tune will top the Billboard R&B chart next June, but did not cross over to the Pop chart. Some of the original lyrics, that would have been considered highly sexual at the time, were changed when Bill Haley recorded the song five months later. An Atlantic Records songwriter/producer named Jesse Stone (under the name of Charles Calhoun) wrote this specially for Turner’s New York recording session. Bill Haley and his Comets recorded this song in 1954 as the follow-up to their single “Thirteen Women”/”Rock Around The Clock.” This version was a hit, going to #7 on the Billboard charts. In a Rhino Records collection, Turner said: “Everybody was singing slow blues when I was young, and I thought I’d put a beat to it and sing it up-tempo.”