To begin with, the song, Nothin’ Shakin’ is a cover song by The Beatles. They also recorded their version for their early 1960’s BBC Radio appearances. Indeed, to hear the song, just get hold of their 1994 album, “Live At The BBC”.
Recorded: 10th July, 1963
Genre: Rock and roll, rockabilly
Track Duration: 2:56
Record Label: Apple
Songwriters: Eddie Fontaine, Cirino Colacrai, Diane Lampert and John Gluck, Jr.
Producer: Terry Henebery
Although The Beatles song title is simply Nothin’ Shakin’, the original single by Eddie Fontaine had the title, “Nothin’ Shakin’ (But the Leaves on the Trees)”. In 1958, that single by the original singer and songwriter reached 64 in America’s Billboard Hot 100.
While The Beatles were still in their infancy as a band, they would often sing cover songs. Many were popular songs but some, like this one, was a little more obscure. However, they had access to many songs coming over from the US.
George Harrison sings the vocals as well as playing the lead guitar. The rest of the line up is as usual, Paul McCartney on bass guitar, John Lennon on rhythm guitar and Ringo Starr on drums, of course. They sang it many times during their early gigging days.
The Beatles only officially recorded the song once and this was on the 10th July, 1963. This recording by the BBC took place at the Aeolian Hall in London where the band recorded many other songs. The song was to be part of the radio show, “Pop Go The Beatles”, and this particular show was to go on air on the 23rd of July.
Because the song comes from a BBC Radio show, it appears on The Beatles 1994 album “Live At The BBC”. However, there is an unofficial copy floating about on the Live At The Star-Club tapes from their time in Hamburg.