Otis Redding: Shake


This was written by Sam Cooke, who recorded it on November 16, 1964, his last studio session before his death on December 11. The following February it peaked at No 7 in America.

Great as it is, I think it is shaded by the mighty Otis backed by Booker T and the MGs, members of The Mar-Keys and The Memphis Horns, and pianist Isaac Hayes, on his album Otis Redding Sings Soul (also known as Otis Blue). It was released in September 1965.

It featured in a 1966 Ready Steady Go Live TV show devoted to Redding with guests Eric Burdon and Chris Farlowe, which is well worth a watch.

The Small Faces recorded in on their 1966 debut album Small Faces.

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