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"You Shook Me"
Single by Muddy Waters
Recorded June 27, 1962
Genre Blues rock
Label Chess (Cat. No. 1827)
Writer(s) Willie Dixon, J. B. Lenoir
Producer Willie Dixon
"You Shook Me" is a blues song written by Willie Dixon and J. B. Lenoir. Earl Hooker first recorded it as an instrumental which was then overdubbed with vocals by Muddy Waters in 1962.
The single featured Muddy Waters on vocals, J.T Brown Ernest Cotton on tenor saxophone, Johnny "Big Moose" Walker on organ, Earl Hooker on guitar, Willie Dixon on bass, and Casey Jones on drums.
* 1 Led Zeppelin's version
* 2 Personnel
* 3 Cover versions
* 4 References
* 5 Sources
Led Zeppelin's version
"You Shook Me"
Song by Led Zeppelin from the album Led Zeppelin
Released January 12, 1969 (1969-01-12)
Genre Blues rock, psychedelic rock
Producer Jimmy Page
Led Zeppelin track listing
"Babe I'm Gonna Leave You"
(2) "You Shook Me"
(3) "Dazed and Confused"
The song was recorded by various rock musicians, including Jeff Beck on his album Truth (1968), and most famously by English rock band Led Zeppelin on its debut album Led Zeppelin (1969).
Since the Led Zeppelin version was released in 1969, months after Beck's, he accused them of stealing his idea. This, along with the overall similarity between the sound of Led Zeppelin and that of Truth, led to a long rift between Beck and Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page. Beck and Page had been friends for years at that point, having both previously played as members of The Yardbirds. Interestingly, Led Zeppelin bassist and keyboardist John Paul Jones had played the organ on Beck's version of the song as part of his previous work as a session musician.
In an interview he gave in 1977, Page commented:
[Led Zeppelin had] done our first LP ... with “You Shook Me”, and then I heard [Beck had] done “You Shook Me” ... I was terrified because I thought they’d be the same. But I hadn’t even known he’d done it, and he hadn’t known that we had.
In another interview, also given by Page in 1977, he elaborated:
[Beck] had the same sort of taste in music as I did. That's why you'll find on the early LPs we both did a song like "You Shook Me." It was the type of thing we'd both played in bands. Someone told me he'd already recorded it after we'd already put it down on the first Zeppelin album. I thought, "Oh dear, it's going to be identical," but it was nothing like it, fortunately. I just had no idea he'd done it. It was on Truth but I first heard it when I was in Miami after we'd recorded our version. It's a classic example of coming from the same area musically, of having a similar taste.
For his part, Beck has said that he first heard Page had also recorded the song when Page himself played it to him:
He said, "Listen to this. Listen to Bonzo, this guy called John Bonham that I've got." And so I said I would, and my heart just sank when I heard "You Shook Me". I looked at him and said "Jim, what?" and the tears were coming out with anger. I thought "This is a piss-take, it's got to be." I mean, there's Truth still spinning on everybody's turntable, and this turkey's come out with another version. Oh boy ... then I realised it was serious, and he did have this heavyweight drummer, and I thought "Here we go again" - pipped at the post kind of thing.
On the Led Zeppelin recording, Jones double tracked the organ and the electric piano. Page used his "backward echo" technique on this towards the end with Robert Plant's screaming vocals and the guitar. This production technique involved hearing the echo before the main sound instead of after it, achieved by turning the tape over and employing the echo on a spare track, then turning the tape back over again to get the echo preceding the signal. Page had originally developed the method when recording the single "Ten Little Indians" with The Yardbirds in 1967.
"You Shook Me" was one of the first Led Zeppelin songs to feature the call-and-response effect of blues style music, a style used frequently by the band on subsequent studio tracks and live in concert. Jimmy Page uses a slide on this track and the song opens with a blues lick reminiscent to that of Elmore James. Perhaps because the song so effectively showcases the talents of all four band members, it was played frequently during early Led Zeppelin concerts. From 1973, however, the song was dropped from the band's live setlist as the group began to incorporate more material from subsequent albums into its on-stage performances. (In fact, in its entirety the song was played until October 1969, and until 1973 it was from time to time added as a part of "Whole Lotta Love").
Jimmy Page performed this song on his tour with The Black Crowes in 1999. A version of "You Shook Me" performed by Page and The Black Crowes can be found on the album Live at the Greek.
* Robert Plant - vocals, harmonica
* Jimmy Page - guitars
* John Paul Jones - bass guitar, organ, electric piano
* John Bonham - drums
 Cover versions
* 1968: Jeff Beck (Truth)
* 1970: Willie Dixon (I Am the Blues)
* 1993: B. B. King (Blues Summit)
* 1995: Mick Taylor (Live at 14 Below: Coastin' Home [recorded live 1 February 1995])
* 1996: The Blues Band (Homage [recorded live 1993])
* 1997: Killer Whales (Shredzilla)
* 2000: Jimmy Page & The Black Crowes (Live at the Greek)
* 2002: Lisa Ferguson (Livin' Lovin' Played: A Led Zeppelin Tribute)
* 2004: George Lynch (Furious George)
* 2008: Artimus Pyle (Led Box: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Tribute)
1. ^ a b Dave Lewis (1994), The Complete Guide to the Music of Led Zeppelin, Omnibus Press, ISBN 0-7119-3528-9.
2. ^ a b Dave Schulps, Interview with Jimmy Page
, Trouser Press, October 1977.
3. ^ Steven Rosen, 1977 Jimmy Page Interview
, Modern Guitars, May 25, 2007 (originally published in the July 1977, issue of Guitar Player magazine).
4. ^ Mick Wall (2008), When Giants Walked the Earth: A Biography Of Led Zeppelin, London: Orion, p. 57.
5. ^ Brad Tolinski and Greg Di Bendetto, "Light and Shade", Guitar World, January 1998.
* Led Zeppelin: Dazed and Confused: The Stories Behind Every Song, by Chris Welch, ISBN 1-56025-818-7
* The Complete Guide to the Music of Led Zeppelin, by Dave Lewis, ISBN 0-7119-3528-9
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