Single on Columbia by Sydney band. The ultimate source is a traditional gospel hymn see below. Its appearance in Lou Reed's song Wagon Wheel see below probably confirms its familiarity among rock musicians. Image from Robert of The Vacant Lot. Thanks to David Johnston The Cry! - The Cry! And The Connec correcting year of release. Nor, for that matter, with earlys Sydney punk band The Vacant Lot. Then there's the Australian contemporary choir Voices from the Vacant Lot.
On album Projections. The session for this song was in August An earlier recording appeared on Live At The Town Hallbut wasn't released until after the band had broken up. References : 1. Blues Project chronology Promises - Def Leppard - Greatest Hits Chrome Oxide.
Richie Unterberger on Blues Project. Further reading : 1. Al Kooper's website at alkooper. Thanks to Chas Kit for clarification via Spectropop Group. See Al Kooper's comments, above. This version was released earlier in the same year as Blues Projects' album version. Wikipedia's Carole King entry also covers this period. Rev Gary Davis was an influential self-taught ragtime guitarist, preacher, street singer and teacher who played in a variety Evry Time We Say Goodbye - Simply Red - Men And Women genres including blues and gospel.
Bruce Eder on Rev. Gary Davis at All Music Guide. Composer is Coasters baritone Billy Guy The familiar Wake me, shake me refrain is transformed into the words of The Cry! - The Cry! And The Connec garbage man worried Exhilaration Dance - The Dave Brubeck Quartet - Brandenburg Gate: Revisited losing his job if he sleeps late.
See below for possible indirect influence of Ersel Hickey. For more on The Coasterssee Poison Ivy. Reference : Bill MillarThe Coasters Incomplete, unreleased track for Epic label, a rock'n'roll version of the gospel song Wake Me, Shake Me the title is from its line Got to get to heaven in due time. Rockabilly singer and composer Ersel Hickey born O'Hickey, had sung in a gospel group before turning to rock'n'roll. Biographies of Ersel Hickey usually mention his publicity photo by Gene LaVerne which has become an iconic image of studied 50s rock'n'roll attitude.
Rockin' Country Style has a song list with some audio clips and label shots. One of a number of tracks unreleased until the s but recorded by gospel group first formed in the s and continuing in one form or another to this day. This seems to be a well-known version, possibly influential in its structure, lyrics and melody. Released on the Bluebird label.
In future versions, with variations, these lines are standard. There is a direct line from this energetic, rhythmic recording to the rock versions of the 60s, more so than in the hymn-like Pace Jubilee Singers variation, also from No doubt there are other - even earlier - variations to Shake Me (Dont Let Me Sleep Too Long) - The Connection found. John Bush at All Music Guide notes that this was the first recording by a strictly country artist and arguably the beginning of the country music recording industry.
Further reading : Wikipedia aricle on Fiddlin' John Carson. Thanks to Phil X. Milstein for version alert. Recorded March for the Gennett Label. References : Gennett label discography at Online Discographies Project.
Thanks to Joop Jansen. Listen at Spin The Groove. Single on Quality. Thanks to Andy at Spin the Groove [ homepage ] for version alert. Label shot at Rate Your Music. The last minute of the song is given over to the chorus of Wake Me, Shake Me : Why don't you wake me, shake me, please don't let me sleep too long. Thanks to Al Kooper.
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