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25 May 2008


A classic beat cover of a 50s rocker that is also a staple of THE SHAKERS' set. Long live Billy!! Thanks for posting the vid Greg.

Tony, then The Shakers continue to keep the faith while holding the torch aloft for one of Merseyside's favourite sons. Meanwhile, I've soured an old Rapiers clip of them doing "Nothin' Shakin'" live featuring their 1987-1992 line-up of Dave, Brad, John and Colin. Watch for it.

Thanks Greg. Never knew the lads did that one too. Cool stuff!

Tony, riddle me this: Who did the original "Nothin' Shakin'"? I really don't know. I probably first heard it by The Beatles on the Star Club album, maybe Wilko Johnson & Dr. Feelgood. Guess that tells you some about my record collection.

The original was by Eddie Fontaine in 1958. The Beatles Star-Club recording was pretty faithful to that version. I much prefer the beat-up Billy cover though!

And here's Eddie's truly rocking version:


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