NOTHIN' SHAKIN' * EDDIE FONTAINE * LONDON 8711 * UK
Though Aristocrat ceased as a label in 1949 the year Phil and Len Chess acquired the company, the name Aristocrat often crops up as the origin on these London labels, and on Pye. Nothin' Shakin' was, in fact issued on the Chess subsidiary Argo # 5309. Born Eddie Reardon, he first recorded in 1955 on X with Rock Love, he had a total of five records out on X, then he moved to Vic, for two, then to Decca, who put out seven, and one on Brunswick, in-between times one was issued on Jalo, after Decca came Chancellor for one, then three for Sunbeam, which brings us to his only Argo (Chess) release. In Britain he had Rock Love his first for X issued on HMV, then Cool It his first for Decca, though here it was issued on Brunswick, and finally the above. The song, basically about how the gillie didn't get his leg over, was most notably covered in the UK by the excellent Dr. Feelgood on their 1977 Sneakin' Suspicion album.
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