Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On

Jerry Lee Lewis

Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” (sometimes rendered “Whole Lot of Shakin’ Going On“) is a song first recorded by Big Maybelle and best known in the 1957 rock and roll (or rockabilly) hit version by Jerry Lee Lewis.

Lewis had been performing the song in his stage act and recorded it at his second recording session for Sun Records in February 1957. The release is reviewed in Billboard magazine on 27 May 1957. Supervised by producerJack Clement, Lewis radically altered the original, adding a propulsive boogie piano that was complemented by J.M. Van Eaton’s energetic drumming and also added suggestive spoken asides. Lewis later stated: “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.”