Iconic Songs From the 1950s That Will Make You Want to Cut a Rug

“Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On” – Jerry Lee Lewis

Whole Lotta Shakin'
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“Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On” was written by Dave “Curlee” Williams and James Faye “Roy” Hall. Although it was first recorded by Big Maybelle, the song gained popularity from Jerry Lee Lewis’ version in 1957. Lewis made his own changes to the song, one of which was adding a piano line that mixed perfectly with the rest of the instruments.

Lewis commented, “I knew it was a hit when I cut it. Sam Phillips thought it was gonna be too risqué, it couldn’t make it. If that’s risqué, well, I’m sorry.” The song was No. 3 on the Billboard pop chart, No. 1 on the R&B chart, and No. 1 on the country chart.