10 comments on “Guess Who – Shakin’ All Over

  1. in my spare time i collect cover versions of Shakin All Over [that’s a joke, kind of..actually no it’s not]..

    anyway, it is a great version…and, i didn’t have a copy…

    thanks a bunch..

    ana..

  2. When talking about early great English rock song you should not forget Vince Taylor’s Brand New Cadillac which was recorded about one or two years before Shakin All Over.

  3. Chad Allen went on to be pushed out of the group by ol’ Burton… too bad, he has a great voice…
    I have this one somewhere, it still floats around just about every Canadian thrift store, it’s a great cover.

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while but never posted before… great stuff! nice to see some Can-Con make it on here… haha

    I think my favorite cover 45 I have is a group called “Les Sultans” doing a french language cover of the Kinks; “nothing in this world stop me worrying bout that girl”

    ~Evan Lackey

  4. We were a still part of the British empire, in the early 1960’s ! So, UK records were easy to find in Canada. Beatles singles were popular back in 1963, as the USA had to wait 1964. In 1963, there was a French canadian cover of a song of the Beatles. Evan Lackey is right : les Sultans had a cover of this Kinks song (Il n’y a rien que je ne ferais pour cette fille). For the Guess Who track, it was a huge hit in Canada. For a long time, I didn’t know it was done before.

  5. Another great version of this great classic (whose riff has made the riff Hall of Fame) is the take by the later day Pirates headed by original guitarist Mick Green who cut an incendiary version on their Warner Brothers debut back in the late 70s or early 80s. When I first found it on a WB 45 (US) I didn’t have much expectation, but after plaing it, I was floored. After ‘losing it’ in my big sell off it took me a few years to find it online but someone nice (wish I could remember who as my last hard drive was scrubbed clean ) sent me a file that I will presently post to you my dear Larry, in exchange for all the really cool stuff you’ve shared with me. Pass it along if you see fit; I’m sure all will enjoy.

  6. I’M COMMENTING ON THE INFO ON THE GUESS WHO?/ CHAD ALLAN & EXPRESSIONS.
    THEY WERE ORIGINALLY KNOWN ON VINYL FIRST AS CHAD ALLAN & REFLECTIONS TRIBUTE TO BUDDY HOLLY/BACK AND FORTH(CAN AM 802) RECORDED IN DEC. ’62. THEN THEY WERE KNOWN AS CHAD ALLEN & ORIGINAL REFLECTIONS. HIS NAME MISSPELT ALLEN INSTEAD OF ALLAN. THEN WHEN TILL WE KISSED/SHAKIN ALLOVER WAS RELEASED TILL WE KISSED WAS THE ORIGINAL SIDE ONE THE SONG WAS REALLY WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE BUT CHAD COULDN’T RECALL THE EXACT TITLE SO HE CALLED IT TILL WE KISSED. THEY STILL WEREN’T CALLED GUESS WHO ON THE ORIGINAL RELEASE JUST CHAD ALLAN ONLY. THEN QUALITY RECORDS DECIDED TO USE A GIMMICK TO PROMOTE SHAKIN ALL OVER THE B SIDE BECAUSE TIL WE KISSED WAS NOT A BIG SUCCESS IN CANADA. SO THEY ADVERTISED IT AS GUESS WHO? DOES THIS SONG. AND WHITE PROMO COPIES WITH GUESS WHO? ON IT WENT TO VARIOUS RADIO STATIONS TO GET RADIO FANS INTERESTED IN WHO WAS THE GROUP DOING THE SONG.AND THAT’S HOW THE GUESS WHO NAME GOT STARTED BUT NOT REALLY IN CANADA BUT IN THE STATES. CHAD ALLAN & EXPRESSIONS WAS STILL THEIR NAME IN CANADA. AND THA’TS WHAT THEY WERE KNOWN AS HERE. IT WASN’T UNTIL APPROX. 6 MONTHS LATER THAT THE STATES GOT WIND OF SHAKIN ALLOVER AND IT BECAME A HIT IN THE STATES UNDER THE NAME THE GUESS WHO? IN THE MEANTIME THE GUESS WHO IN THE STATES WERE BEING CALLED CHAD ALLAN & EXPRESSIONS IN CANADA. AND THEY ALREADY HAD TWO MORE RELEASES IN CANADA UNDER THE NAME OF CHAD ALLAN & EXPRESSIONS BY THE TIME SHAKIN ALL OVER HAD BECOME A HIT IN THE STATES. OF COURSE BY THIS TIME WITH THE AMERICAN RECORD COMPANY SCEPTER NOT CO-OPERATING WITH THEIR CANADIAN COUNTERPARTS QUALITY RECORDS IN CALLING THEM CHAD ALLAN & EXPRESSIONS ON THE SINGLES CONFUSION REIGNED. . BUT THEY DID FORCE THEMSELVES ON THE ALBUM TO CALL THEM THE GUESS WHO AND CHAD ALLAN & EXPRESSIONS WHICH ONLY LED TO FURTHER CONFUSION. SO CHAD AND QUALITY RECORDS GAVE UP ON FIGHTING THE US RECORD COMPANY ON THEIR NAME AND SWITCHED TO CALLING THEMSELVES THE GUESS WHO? WITH THE ?. SCEPTER HAD DROPPED IT THEN AMY TOOK OVER AND PUT THE ? BACK ON. IT”S JUST ANOTHER EXAMPLE HOW THE AMERICANS GOT THEIR WAY AND THE CANADIANS HAD NO SAY.
    INITIALLY THEY WERE CALLED AL & SILVERTONES BUT NO RECORDINGS WERE RELEASED UNDER THAT NAME. AND BURTON CUMMINGS WAS INITIALLY CAME IN JAN ’66 TO REPLACE BOB ASHLEY THE KEYBOARD/PIANO PLAYER. CHAD ALLAN WAS STILL THE LEADER OF THE GROUP AND HE AND CUMMINGS WERE TOGETHER FOR 6 MONTHS IN THE GUESS WHO. BUT AS CHAD EXPLAINED IT. HE KNEW THE GROUP WAS DRIFTING INTO A DIFFERENT DIRECTION AND HE WAS ESSENTIALLY GROOMING BURTON UNTIL HE FELT BURTON COULD TAKE OVER THE LEADERSHIP OF THE GROUP.. I GUESS I GOT CARRIED AWAY. RICH
    CHAD ALLAN LIVES IN VANCOUVER AS I DO AND I GOT SOME INFO FROM HIM..

  7. I GOOFED HERE’S THE CHRONOLOGICAL LISTING OF THE GUESS WHO NAME ON CANADIAN AMERICAN AND QUALITY RECORDS
    CHAD ALLAN And the REFLECTIONS
    CHAD ALLEN and the original REFLECTIONS
    CHAD ALLEN AND THE REFLECTIONS
    CHAD ALLAN
    (Chad Allan & The Expressions) GUESS WHO?
    CHAD ALLAN AND THE EXPRESSIONS(GUESS WHO?)
    CHAD ALLAN AND THE EXPRESSIONS
    THE GUESS WHO FEATURING CHAD ALLAN
    THE GUESS WHO?
    THE LAST SINGLE ON QUALITY THE GUESS WHO
    IT’S DONE EXACTLY AS THE PRINT ON THE LABEL WITH CAPITOL LETTERS WHEN REQUIRED

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