Day 180: “Nothin’ Shakin’ (But the Leaves on the Trees)”

When was it recorded?   Jul. 10, 1963

When was it first released, and on which album?   Nov. 30, 1994 on “Live at the BBC”

Who wrote it?   Cirino Colacrai, Edward (Reardon) Fontaine, John Gluck, Jr. and Diane Lampert

Have I heard this song before?   Just the original

What my research dug up:

A different foursome wrote “Nothin’ Shakin’ (But the Leaves in the Trees).” American musician and actor Eddie Fontaine (born Edward Reardon) wrote the bulk of the song and released it as a single Jul. 14, 1958.

The Beatles performed “Nothin’ Shakin’” in some of their early live shows. Here’s a version that appeared on the “Live at the Star Club” bootleg from 1962.

The Fab Four performed “Nothin’ Shakin’” at least once for BBC Radio. A version taped Jul. 10, 1963 for “Pop Go the Beatles” (aired 13 days later) appeared on “Live at the BBC.” George has the lead vocals, FYI.

Maybe it’s the key change, but I like the original a lot more than the cover. I also think the Hamburg version had more energy than the BBC Radio performance. Meh.




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