Shake, Rattle and Roll
According to online search engine Shake, _Rattle_and_Roll, the song was written by Jesse Stone who used the name, Charles Calhoun. It was a rock and roll genre of a song. The song was recorded in 1954 first by Joe Turner, and the cover of the same song was done later in the year by Bill Haley and his Comets. The Bill Haley cover song constituted of more purified lyrics in an endeavor to make the song more palatable to white audiences. It also became less of blues and more of (pop) music (Sand et al, 2018).
In comparison, the original version and the cover version of the song there is a clear illustration of differences between rock ‘n’ roll and blues. The Comets version features a strengthened slap bass. In the Turner’s version of the song, a stark instrument in a simplified form starts, it also has a walking bass line and a lowered arrangement of horns. The horn arrangement in the Turners version is clearly at odds with a honking alto saxophone licks and riffs. The sax riff in Haley’s version is an answer to each line as the band shouts ‘Go!’ as part of the vocal backing (Sand et al, 2018).
The two versions show a definite difference in the energy of a band. The Joe Turner’s version has a slightly slower projection of the lyrics and the instruments support the slow start to the song. This slow start makes it easier for the vocalist to have a relaxed start to the song. In the Bill Haley’s version, the sax puts in some energy from the beginning of the song thus ensuring that the band puts more power in the vocals (Harper et al, 2015).
The main aim to do the cover of the song is to make it more appealing to the broader white audience, Bill Haley and the Comets, however, do not remove the most interesting sexual simile. According to (Sand et al, 2018). (I’m like a one-eyed cat, peeping…), is not changed. This retaining of the line is likely because Haley was blind on one eye.
However, the cleaning of the lyrics has affected most of the references considered to be sexual in the original version, (you make me roll) this line is removed and replaced with another in the cover song (Sand et al, 2018).
On the other hand, there is a close relationship of musicality in the two versions of the song. The vocal riffs and licks that both bands use can be found in the original song. Haley and his Comets do not create their embellishments to the melody. J. P. E. Harper-Scott and Jim denote that proper use of vocal riffs and phrasing makes an artist a singing individual and give them the ability to excite and move a crowd. The two bands combine them well with healthy vocal techniques (Harper et al, 2015).
The phrasing in the two songs is similar despite the two songs having different tempos. Both bands push and pull back at similar spots which creates the same musical tension and related impacts on emotions (Hampshire, 2015).
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