All Shook Up

All Shook Up

"All Shook Up"
"All Shook Up" single
Single by Elvis Presley
B-side "That's When Your Heartaches Begin"
Released March 22, 1957
Recorded January 12, 1957, Radio Recorders, Hollywood, California
Genre Rock and roll, rhythm and blues
Length 1:57
Label RCA
Writer(s) Otis Blackwell and Elvis Presley
Certification (US) RCA 47-6870 (45) 20-6870 (78)
Elvis Presley singles chronology
"Too Much"
"All Shook Up"
"(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear"

"All Shook Up" is a song recorded by Elvis Presley and published by Elvis Presley Music and composed by Otis Blackwell. The single topped the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 on April 13, 1957, staying there for eight weeks.[1] It also topped the Billboard R&B chart for four weeks, becoming Presley's second single to do so, and peaked at No. 3 on the country chart.[1] It is certified 2X Platinum by the RIAA.

It was ranked #352 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.


  • History 1
  • Billy Joel version 2
    • Chart positions 2.1
  • Other recordings and notable performances 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Blackwell wrote the song at the offices of Shalimar Music in 1956 after Al Stanton, one of Shalimar's owners, shaking a bottle of Pepsi at the time, suggested he write a song based on the phrase "all shook up".[1]

According to Peter Guralnick the song has a different origin. In his book "Last Train To Memphis" he wrote that Elvis thought "All Shook Up" was a good phrase for a refrain. For this he received a co-writing credit, his last.[2]

Elvis himself, during an interview on October 28, 1957, said: "I've never even had an idea for a song. Just once, maybe. I went to bed one night, had quite a dream, and woke up all shook up. I phoned a pal and told him about it. By morning, he had a new song, 'All Shook Up'." [3]

Future Last House on the Left actor David Hess, using the stage name David Hill, was the first to record the song and release it a few weeks before Elvis on Aladdin Records, titled "I'm All Shook Up".[4][5]

Vicki Young recorded a different song with the same title, "(I'm) All Shook Up", on Capitol Records with Big Dave and His Orchestra, written by Bill Bellman and Hal Blaine in 1956.[6]

On January 12, 1957, Presley recorded the song at Radio Recorders in Hollywood.[1] The duet vocal on the record is by the Jordanaires first tenor Gordon Stoker. Take 10 was selected for release, and in March the song entered Billboard's Top 100 chart at #25.[1] Within three weeks it had knocked Perry Como's "Round and Round" off the top spot, and stayed there for eight consecutive weeks.[1] The song also became Presley's first No. hit on the UK Singles Chart, remaining there for seven weeks.[7] Sales of the single exceeded two million,[1] and the song was named Billboard's Year End number one song for 1957.

Preceded by
"Butterfly" by Andy Williams
Billboard Top 100 number one single
(Elvis Presley version)

April 13, 1957 (8 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Love Letters in the Sand" by Pat Boone
Preceded by
"Party Doll"
Cash Box magazine best selling record chart
#1 record

April 13, 1957 – June 1, 1957
Succeeded by
"Love Letters in the Sand"
Preceded by
"School Days" by Chuck Berry
Billboard R&B Best Sellers in Stores number-one single
April 29, 1957 – May 27, 1957 (four weeks)
Succeeded by
"Young Blood" by The Coasters

Billy Joel version

"All Shook Up"
Single by Billy Joel
from the album Honeymoon in Vegas soundtrack
B-side "Wear My Ring Around Your Neck", "Surrender"
Released 1992
Format CD single
Genre Rock
Writer(s) Otis Blackwell, Elvis Presley
Billy Joel singles chronology
"All Shook Up"
"The River of Dreams"

In 1991, Billy Joel recorded the song for the movie Honeymoon in Vegas, which also featured other Elvis Presley songs by various artists. It was released as a single and peaked at No. 92 in the US and No. 27 in the UK.

Chart positions

Chart (1992) Peak
Australian Singles Chart 54
Canadian Singles Chart[8] 28
French Singles Chart[9] 60
German Media Control Charts 52
Irish Singles Chart 23
New Zealand Singles Chart 26
UK Singles Chart 27
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 92
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 15

Other recordings and notable performances

  • Suzi Quatro recorded the song for her debut solo album Suzi Quatro in 1973.[10] (The title of this album in Australia is Can the Can). Her recording of the song was released as a single in 1974 and peaked at number 85 on the Billboard Hot 100.[11] Presley invited Quatro to Graceland, commenting that her version was the best since the original. Quatro declined the offer.
  • Dolly Parton performed the song during her March 1983 concert at London's Dominion Theatre, which filmed and later aired as the television special Dolly in London.


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