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The Hippy Hippy Shake

Written by Chan Romero

Album This song officially appears on the Live At The BBC Official live.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1994

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

Hippy Hippy Shake” is a song written and recorded by Chan Romero in 1959. That same year, it reached #3 in Australia. Romero was just 17 when he wrote the song.

The Beatles version

A live version of “Hippy Hippy Shake” can be found on The Beatles album Live at the BBC. This version was recorded in July 1963, almost certainly pre-dating the Swinging Blue Jeans recording. The Beatles also played this song in their early days when they performed in small clubs. Another version, recorded on 10 September 1963 for “Pop Go The Beatles” can be found on On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2.

Paul McCartney, in “The Beatles Anthology”:

There were millions of groups around at that time – The Blue Angels, The Running Scareds – but they were mostly lookalike groups; The Shadows and Roy Orbison had a lot of followers. Then there were groups like us, more into the blues and slightly obscure material. And because we had the unusual songs, we became the act you had to see, to copy…

We had too much material anyway. We couldn’t record it all when we did get a deal, so other groups took songs from our act and made hits out of them – like The Swinging Blue Jeans with The Hippy Hippy Shake, which was one of my big numbers.

From the liner notes of On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2:

Although not a hit, “The Hippy Hippy Shake” by Chan Romero became popular in Liverpool when DJ Bob Wooler played it at The Cavern Club. He recalled lending his copy of the UK Columbia single to Paul so the group could learn it. When The Beatles appeared on the BBC TV programme Juke Box Jury in December 1963, they reviewed “The Hippy Shake” by their Mersey mates The Swinging Blue Jeans. Their unanimous judgement that it would be a hit proved to be true, both in the UK and America. Chan Romero had recorded his song in 1959 at Gold Star studio in Los Angeles with the same musicians who played on “La Bamba” by his hero Ritchie Valens.

Last updated on December 3, 2016

Lyrics

For goodness' sake
I've got the hippy hippy shake
I've got the shake
Whoo! The hippy hippy shake

Whoo! I can't keep still
With the hippy hippy shake
I get my fill
With the hippy hippy shake
Ooh my babe
Ooh the hippy hippy shake

Well now you shake it to the left
Shake it to the right
Do the hippy shake shake
With all of your might.
And you shake
Whoo! Yes, you shake
Ooh my babe
Ow! The hippy hippy shake

Well now you shake it to the left
Shake it to the right
Do the hippy shake shake
With all of your might
And you shake
Whoo! Yes you shake
Ooh my babe
Whoo! The hippy hippy shake
Ow! The hippy hippy shake
Yeah, the hippy hippy shake
Ooh yeah

Officially appears on


Live At The BBC

Official live • Released in 1994

1:49 • Radio showL1 • Originally recorded by Chan Romero in 1959, it was another Mersey anthem that gave the Swinging Blue Jeans a British number two hit in January 1964.

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Rhythm guitar
George Harrison:
Lead guitar
Terry Henebery:
Producer

Concert From "Pop Go The Beatles" in London, United Kingdom on Jul 30, 1963


Bootleg Recordings 1963

Official album • Released in 2013

1:43 • LiveL3

Concert From "Pop Go The Beatles" in London, United Kingdom on Jun 04, 1963


On Air - Live at the BBC Volume 2

Official live • Released in 2013

1:46 • Radio showL2

Paul McCartney:
Vocals
Ian Grant:
Producer

Concert From "Pop Go The Beatles" in London, United Kingdom on Sep 10, 1963

Bootlegs



The BBC Archives Volume 1

Unofficial live

1:44 • Radio show


The BBC Archives Volume 2

Unofficial album

1:43 • Radio show


The BBC Archives Volume 5

Unofficial album

1:51 • Radio show


The BBC Archives Volume 7

Unofficial album

1:46 • Radio show


Live performances

“The Hippy Hippy Shake” has been played in 8 concerts.

Latest concerts where “The Hippy Hippy Shake” has been played


Liverpool Sound

Jun 01, 2008 • United Kingdom • Liverpool • Anfield Stadium


Saturday Club

Feb 15, 1964 • Part of BBC Sessions


Pop Go The Beatles

Sep 10, 1963 • Part of BBC Sessions


Pop Go The Beatles

Jul 30, 1963 • Part of BBC Sessions


Pop Go The Beatles

Jun 04, 1963 • Part of BBC Sessions



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