Whole Lot of Shakin' in My Heart (Since I Met You)
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|"Whole Lot of Shakin' in My Heart (Since I Met You)"|
|Single by The Miracles|
|from the album Away We a Go-Go|
|B-side||"Oh Be My Love"|
|Released||May 27, 1966|
|Recorded||Hitsville USA (Studio A); 4/19/66|
|The Miracles singles chronology|
"Whole Lot Of Shakin' In My Heart (Since I Met You)" is a 1966 R&B song by Motown Records group The Miracles, issued on Motown's Tamla Records subsidiary. Written by Motown staff songwriter Frank Wilson, it was one of only two singles the group released in 1966, taken from their album Away We A Go-Go.
Although the group's billing on their singles remained "The Miracles" up to this point, their billing on the album was changed to "Smokey Robinson and The Miracles," their second album to receive this billing.
This song was not one of the group's more successful singles, and broke a string of Top 20 Pop hits by the group, only reaching #46 on the Billboard Pop charts, but the tune managed much better on the Billboard R&B listings, reaching the Top 20, peaking at #20.
The Miracles, after a huge year in 1965, took a year off from touring during 1966, and this song's lack of promotion may have been a reason for its relative failure, but it has nevertheless been included in many Miracles "greatest hits" album and CD compilations.
Lyrical and musical content
Despite this song's relatively mild success in 1966, "Whole Lot Of Shaking" was one of The Miracles' most dynamic, most propulsive recordings.
This up-tempo song featured rapid-fire vocal interplay between Smokey and the other Miracles, Bobby, Ronnie, Pete, and Claudette, accompanied by equally urgent horns and a hot Funk Brothers rhythm section. Smokey, as the song's narrator, portrays a man whose life has been completely changed by a passionate relationship with his new girl:
"I can't explain the things you do to me, but I'm sure there's an explanation,
Maybe it's the way you carry yourself, or maybe it's your conversation."
His friends also notice the change in him:
"The guys I used to run around with tell me I changed, and I'm acting kind of strange;
But they don't realize, that since I met you, my whole life has been re-arranged."
Cover versions and accolades
- "Whole Lot Of Shakin'" has inspired cover versions by The Hellacopters and Marv Johnson (for the Motown revival label Motorcity Records). Its flip side, "Oh Be My Love", like many Miracles "B" sides, was also popular, and has inspired cover versions by Barbara Lewis, The Supremes, and Barbara McNair.
- The Huffington Post referred to this Miracles song as a "classic" and as one of "The 22 Lost Classics Of Motown that Deserve To Be Rediscovered" 
- The British "Northern Soul" website "Funky 16 Corners" referred to The Miracles' "Whole Lot Of Shakin' In My Heart" as 'relentless", "A monster", and "first-class, floor-filling, spellbinding Motor City soul." 
Personnel credits: The Miracles
- Smokey Robinson – lead vocals
- Claudette Robinson - background vocals
- Marv Tarplin – guitar
- Pete Moore - background vocals
- Ronnie White - background vocals
- Bobby Rogers - background vocals
- "Miracles, The - Whole Lot Of Shakin' In My Heart (Since I Met You) / Oh Be My Love (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. 1966-05-27. Retrieved 2012-03-15.
- "22 Lost Motown Classics That Deserve To Be Rediscovered". Huffington Post. 2014-06-19.
- "Smokey Robinson & the Miracles – Whole Lotta Shakin' In My Heart (Since I Met You)". Funky16Corners.com. 2013-11-26. Retrieved 2016-09-30.