Shake (Sam Cooke song)

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Single by Sam Cooke
B-side "A Change Is Gonna Come"
Released December 22, 1964
Format 7", 45rpm
Recorded November 16, 1964; RCA Studios, Hollywood
Label RCA
Writer(s) Sam Cooke
Sam Cooke singles chronology
"That's Where It's At"
"It's Got the Whole World Shakin'"
Song by Otis Redding from the album Otis Blue
Released 1965
Recorded Stax Studios, Memphis, Tennessee: 1965
Genre Soul
Length 2:35
Label Volt/Atco
Otis Blue track listing
  1. "Ole Man Trouble"
  2. "Respect"
  3. "A Change Is Gonna Come"
  4. "Down in the Valley"
  5. "I've Been Loving You Too Long"
  6. "Shake"
  7. "My Girl"
  8. "Wonderful World"
  9. "Rock Me Baby"
  10. "Satisfaction"
  11. "You Don't Miss Your Water"

"Shake" is a song written and recorded by Sam Cooke[1] It was recorded at the last recording session Cooke had before his death in December 1964. In the U.S., the song became a posthumous Top 10 hit for Cooke, peaking at #7 in February, 1965.

The song was also recorded by Eric Burdon and The Animals, Otis Redding, Ike and Tina Turner, Rod Stewart and The Supremes (album: We Remember Sam Cooke). Redding's version was elected to the "500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll " by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.[2]

In 1966, the British TV show Ready Steady Goes Live (the live version of Ready Steady Go!), devoted a whole programme to a live performance by Redding, who regularly covered many of Cooke's songs. One of the highlights was a version of "Shake" on which Redding was joined by Eric Burdon and Chris Farlowe.

The song was covered by the Small Faces. It was a prominent part of their early live repertoire and featured as the opening track on their debut album Small Faces, and re-released on the Decca Anthology collection.[3]

The Norwegian group, Public Relations, covered the song in Oslo in 1967. It was released on the single HMV 45-AL 6145.

The song was also covered by Censored and formed part of their distinct early sound.[4][5]

The song was sampled by rapper, Game on his 2011 album, The R.E.D. Album.


  1. ^ "The Sam Cooke Singles Collection". Retrieved 2014-06-27. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "". Retrieved 2014-06-27. 
  4. ^ [2][dead link]
  5. ^ "Censored performing Shake @ Leeds Festival 2006". Retrieved 2010-03-06.