EVERY UK NUMBER ONE SONG: ‘Shakin’ All Over’ – Johnny Kidd & the Pirates

What was the number one song in the UK on 4th August 1960?

By Hayley Beasley Dye

English rock ‘n’ roll band, Johnny Kidd and the Pirates were number one for 1 week with Shakin’ All Over.

Yes, now this is a vast improvement on Cliff Richard’s offering from yesterday. From the moment the lead guitar introduces the track in a distinctive style, to Johnny’s vocals, the innovative melody and sexy lyrics, it’s without any doubt, a 1960 classic. Sadly, Johnny Kidd died in a car accident 6 years later at only 30 years old.


“Shakin’ All Over” is a song originally performed by Johnny Kidd & the Pirates. It was written by leader Johnny Kidd, and his original recording reached #1 on the UK Singles Chart in August 1960. Kidd’s recording was not a hit outside of Europe. In other parts of the world the song is better known by recordings of other artists.


“When you move in right up close to me
That’s when I get the shakes all over me
Quivers down my back bone
I’ve got the shakes down the kneebone
Yeah, havin’ the tremors in the thighbone
Shakin’ all over
Just the way you say goodnight to me
Brings that feeling on inside of me
Quivers down my back bone
I’ve got the shivers down the thighbone
Yeah, the tremors in my back bone
Shakin’ all over
Quivers down my back bone
Yeah, I have the shakes in the kneebone
I’ve got the tremors in the back bone
Shakin’ all over
Well, you make me shake and I like it, baby
Well, you make me shake and I like it, baby
Well, you make me shake and I like it, baby”

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