|Single by Sam Cooke|
|"A Change Is Gonna Come"|
|Released||December 22, 1964|
|Recorded||November 16, 1964|
|Studio||RCA, Hollywood, California|
|Sam Cooke singles chronology|
"Shake" is a song written and recorded by Sam Cooke. It was recorded at the last recording session Cooke had before his death in December 10, 1964. In the U.S., the song became a posthumous Top 10 hit for Cooke, peaking at number seven in February 1965.
|Song by Otis Redding|
|from the album Otis Blue|
|Studio||Stax, Memphis, Tennessee|
The song was also recorded by Eric Burdon and The Animals, Otis Redding, Ike and Tina Turner, Rod Stewart, and The Supremes on We Remember Sam Cooke (1965). Redding's version was elected to the "500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll " by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Redding performed the song backed by Booker T. & the M.G.'s at the Monterey Pop Festival in June 1967. Recordings of the performance have been released by Reprise (1970) and Rhino (1997) records.
In 1966, the British TV show Ready Steady Goes Live (the live version of Ready Steady Go!), devoted a whole programme to a live performance by Redding, who regularly covered many of Cooke's songs. One of the highlights was a version of "Shake" on which Redding was joined by Eric Burdon and Chris Farlowe.
The song was covered by the Small Faces. It was a prominent part of their early live repertoire and featured as the opening track on their debut album Small Faces, and re-released on the Decca Anthology collection.