Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Originally recorded by Sam Cooke (US #7/R&B #2 1965).
Other hit version by Otis Redding (US #47/R&B #16/UK #28 1967).
Also recorded by The British Walkers (US #108 1967).

From the wiki: “‘Shake’ was a song written and recorded by Sam Cooke at the last session Cooke had before he meet his untimely death in December 1964. Posthumously released in 1965, ‘Shake’ reached the US Top 10, his last song to do so. Otis Redding would record his first cover of ‘Shake’ in 1965. A live version, from the 1967 album Live in Europe, would be released as a single in May 1967. Redding’s 1965 recording would later be elected to the 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

“In 1966, the now-cult 1960s British Pop TV show Ready Steady Goes Live devoted a whole program to a live performance by Redding, who regularly covered many of Cooke’s songs. One of the highlights was a rousing version of ‘Shake’ on which Redding was joined by British Soul legends Eric Burdon, lead singer of The Animals, and chart topper Chris Farlowe. The program is acclaimed by many as the best episode of the whole series.

“In 1967, Redding would open his closing-act performance on Saturday night at the influential Monterey Pop Festival with ‘Shake’, backed by Booker T. & the M.G.’s and The Mar-Keys horn section. It would be Redding’s final major concert appearance.

“Washington, D.C. band The British Walkers, who melded a Beatles-esque appearance with a Stax Records sound (and were the resident act at The Roundtable, in Georgetown), recorded a cover version in 1967 that bubbled under the Billboard Hot 100.”

Otis Redding, “Shake” (1965):

Otis Redding, Eric Burdon & Chris Farlowe, “Shake” live Ready Steady Goes Live performance (1966):

Otis Redding, “Shake” single release from Live in Europe (1967):

Otis Redding, Booker T & The M.G.’s & The Mar-Kays, “Shake” Monterey Pop Festival (1967):

The British Walkers, “Shake” (1967):

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