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"Shake" is a song written and recorded by Sam Cooke(U.S. Pop #7, U.S. R&B #4).
In 1966, the now cult '60s British pop show Ready Steady Goes Live, the live version of Ready Steady Go!, devoted a whole programme to a live performance of Soul singer Otis Redding, who regularly covered many of Cooke's songs. One of the highlights was a rousing version of "Shake" on which Redding was joined by British Soul legends Eric Burdon, lead singer of The Animals, and chart topper Chris Farlowe. The programme is acclaimed by many as the best episode of the whole series.
The song was covered by the Small Faces it was a prominent part of their early live repertoire and featured as the opening track on their debut album Small Faces. And re-released on the Decca Anthology collection.
The Norwegian group Public Relations covered the song in Oslo in 1967. It was released on the single HMV 45-AL 6145.
The song was also covered by Censored and formed part of their distinct early sound.