Shake a Hand

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"Shake a Hand" is a 1953 single written by trumpeter and bandleader Joe Morris and originally performed by Faye Adams, whose version hit number one on the R&B chart for nine weeks.[1] The song, which has a strong gospel feel throughout, depicts a reassuring new lover making promises. "Just give me a chance, I'll take care of everything."

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  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 23. 
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Preceded by
"Crying in the Chapel" by The Orioles
Billboard R&B National Best Sellers number-one single
September 19, 1953
Succeeded by
"Money Honey" by Clyde McPhatter and The Drifters