This Ole House Shakin Stevens
Song Title: This Ole House
Artist: Shakin Stevens
Date of release: February – March 1981
Description: ” This Ole House ” is by Shakin Stevens ( Michael Barratt ), the Rock ‘n’ Roll singer and songwriter from Wales in the United Kingdom.
The song was written by Stuart Hamblen known as the singing Cowboy in 1954, this version of ” This Ole House ” was produced by Stuart Coleman.
Back in the 1950’s Stuart Hamblen was out with actor and fellow hunter John Wayne on the High Sierra mountain range, there they came across an old prospector’s cabin.
Inside they found an old man dead from what seemed like natural causes in the cabin’s back room, while riding back down the mountain Stuart came up with the lyrics and then composed the melody with the week.
In 1954 the song was a hit for singer Rosemary Clooney, the first outing of ” This Ole House ” reached number one in both the US and UK.
In the United Kingdom the song was already recorded by artists Billie Anthony and Alma Cogan when Rosemary Clooney took her version to the top of the UK chart.
In 1981 Shakin Stevens released his cover version of the song after previous chart successes, Shakin Stevens now had a number one hit single in the UK.
” This Ole House ” went straight to number one in the UK for 3 weeks and stayed on the chart for a total of 17 weeks.
The song had been a huge success some 31 years earlier, however Shakin Stevens claimed that he was unaware of the song prior to recording it.
In an interview with the UK teen pop fortnightly music magazine Smash Hits ( 1978 to 2006 ), Shakin Stevens told Robin Katz he was in Los Angeles when he was invited to hear a friends record collection.
There he heard ” This Ole House ” for the first time and said ” What’s really amazing is that nobody thought to cover it before ”
Shakin Stevens had huge success with the song with chart positions across Europe. In Austria the song entered the chart at number 13 and climbed to reach number 8 staying on the chart for 6 weeks.
In Switzerland Shakin Stevens scored a number 4 after entering the chart at number 13, there the song stayed on the chart for 7 weeks.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Switzerland 4, Germany 5, Austria 8, Netherlands 6, Belgium Flanders 3, New Zealand 3
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