Shake You Down

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"Shake You Down"
Single by Gregory Abbott
from the album Shake You Down
Released September 29, 1986
Format Vinyl record (7")
Recorded CBS 06191(1986)
Genre R&B
Length 4:04
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Gregory Abbott
Producer(s) Gregory Abbott
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
Gregory Abbott singles chronology
"Shake You Down"
"I Got The Feelin' (It's Over)"

"Shake You Down" is a song by American R&B artist, writer and producer Gregory Abbott. It was released in September 1986 as the lead single from his debut album. It became Abbott's biggest hit and was certified platinum by the RIAA. Abbott went on the chart with several other songs as well.[1]


Gregory Abbott wrote the song along with over thirty others before striking a record deal with CBS. He recorded a demo tape and chose the best three.

Music video[edit]

Dominic Sena of Propaganda Films came up with the idea of the scrolling effect on the music video. It is recorded as a single image on a photographic film.[2]

There is also another music video recorded in Rio de Janeiro, especially for the Brazilian TV show Fantástico.

Chart performance[edit]

"Shake You Down" was released as the first single from Gregory Abbott. It went to number one on the black singles chart in October 1986, and on January 17, 1987, it reached the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Billboard ranked it as the No. 3 song for 1987.[3] It was a hit across the Atlantic Ocean, as well, peaking at number six in the UK Singles Chart (spending a total of 13 weeks on that chart from 22 November 1986).[4] It was not intended as the original single to promote the album, as "I Got the Feeling" was scheduled to be the first single. It was postponed as the follow-up, peaking at #56.


Chart (1986-1987) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[5] 18
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[6] 7
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[7] 2
Germany (Media Control Charts)[8] 13
Ireland (IRMA)[9] 5
Italy (FIMI)[10] 55
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[11] 5
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[12] 3
Spain (AFYVE)[13] 1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[14] 15
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 6
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 2
U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 13


Preceded by
"Word Up!" by Cameo
Billboard Hot Black Singles number-one single
October 25, 1986 – November 1, 1986
Succeeded by
"A Little Bit More" by Melba Moore with Freddie Jackson
Preceded by
"Walk Like an Egyptian" by The Bangles
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
January 17, 1987
Succeeded by
"At This Moment" by Billy Vera & the Beaters