#98 Shake Your Moneymaker

#98 Shake Your Moneymaker – Peter Green

The Fleetwood Mac before … when I guess you know what happened – but in case you don’t … Back in the sixties, there was an English Blues guitarist called Peter Green, who had a 1959 Gibson Les Paul (What’s the connection between Greens and guitarists?). He got  together with his mates Jeremy Spencer, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood and recorded an LP, which was a mixture of original compositions and blues covers. Shake Your Moneymaker (an Elmore James tune)  was to become one of the bands most well-known tracks (even though it was never released as a single).

After finding some measure of fame when he replaced Eric Clapton in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Green decided to form his own band – the name of which was eventually whittled down to Fleetwood Mac. They had a string of hits, including ‘Black Magic Woman’ which Green wrote and Carlos Santana had so much success. Peter Green, unfortunately had severe mental problems (prob. schizophrenia) – which may have been caused or exacerbated by extensive use of LSD. – and his career was  de-railed, hence the abomination which followed with the Sheep and the Buck (culminating in that infamous Brit Awards which was a new low, even for Samantha Fox).

Addendum: It’s just occurred to me that some of you may now know an LP from a VP (you may know them as ‘vinyl’) … so a note: LP’s were so-called as they were ‘Long Playing’ (typically around 12-20 tracks), as opposed to EP’s – ‘Extended Play’ (typically 4-6 tracks), singles (1 track per side) and 78’s (the one’s you could smash over your brother’s head). LP’s played at ’33 and-a-third’ revolutions per minute or rpm. In these pre-digital days, this had the handy knock-on effect of allowing you to play a single (which normally played at 45 rpm) at 33 1/3 rpm, which halved the speed and lowered everything by an octave – perfect for learning guitar solos.

Lyrics

Shake your moneymaker
Shake your moneymaker
You got to shake your moneymaker, yeah
Shake your moneymaker
You got to shake your moneymaker
And then…

I got a gal that lives up on a hill
I got a gal that lives up on a hill
Says she’ll let me roll her
But I don’t believe she will

She won’t shake her moneymaker
Won’t shake her moneymaker
I want to roll her I keep beggin’
She won’t shake her moneymaker
Won’t shake her money maker
She won’t…

break:

I got a girl, but she just won’t be true
I got a girl, but she just won’t be true
Won’t let me do the one good thing I tell her to

She won’t shake her moneymaker
Won’t shake her moneymaker
Won’t shake her moneymaker
She won’t shake her moneymaker
Won’t shake her moneymaker
She won’t…

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