Last week I wrote about the passing of Shakey Jake Woods. Since then I received even more Jake audio, thanks to Ed Special and John Griffin. MP3s follow after the jump, but let's first give it over to Ed Special.
Shakin Jake Woods
born August 24, 1925 in Little Rock, Arkansas
died September 16, 2007 in Ann Arbor, Michigan
I met Jake around 1973 here in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Standing on the corner of State and William streets, playing his guitar.
I thought I heard him say "On the move".
Are you saying "on the moon" or "on the move" I asked.
He said "Gotta have both of 'em".
Fact vs Myth
He never owned a house.
He never learned to read.
He never owned nor drove a car.
He was not rich in any monetary sense.
Jake lived on Social Security and the kindness and generosity of others.
Some people have mistaken “Cadillac Joe” for Jake.
“Cadillac Joe” owns a house several blocks from Michigan Stadium, has owned several Cadillacs in which he cruises (one at a time) slowly around Ann Arbor, with blues music blaring from the radio looking for babes.
As for claims made by Jake himself, I have no doubts.
ON THE MOVE was recorded at WCBN-FM Ann Arbor by Charlie White and Dan Gunning in 1977 & 1978. Until moving to the west coast in 1984 Dan Gunning produced the first cassette release for Shakin Jake. He gave me the master tape and I continued producing the cassette until shifting into CD mode in 2003.
I am now posting the tracks and CD artwork for free to all. Feel free to copy and give it away but PLEASE DO NOT SELL IT.
If you want a ready made hard copy, I’ll make them available for the cost of production and shipping (cheap) through:
210 S. Main Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
or call Carol at 734 668-7886
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
I can’t put into words yet the impact Jake has left on me, but I’ll bet that having joined the likes of Sun Ra, Frank Zappa and Shooby Taylor he’s in good company.
"The whole world's gonna miss me" - Jake Woods
So here it is, the complete On the Move CD for your enjoyment.
PDF Artwork: ZIP archive
MP3s: Baby Love | Fat Bacon | Movin' On Down The Line | Love Bird | Feel Like Shouting | Hunter Gets Captured | Love Ballad From Paris | Getting Ready For My Baby | Swing Low, Sweet Chariot | Scream Bloody Murder | Teardrop In Your Eye | Hippy Boy | Night Train | Baby, Please Send Me Someone | Pink Spare Woman | Goodnight | Beautiful Girl | Entertainer | Songwriter | State Street Boogie | Sock It To You, Baby | Fastest Guitar Man | Fever Get On Your Mind | The Devil Song | My Baby Rides In The Sand | Poem For The Young Girls | Fire and Money | Where This Record's Going | Outrunning The Wind | Closing Statement
As a bonus, here is a recording of a live appearance of Jake on WCBN in 1996. He plays some songs and is interviewed by John Griffin. The fifth song he wrote in his career was Swing Low, Sweet Chariot. You'll hear about a giant snake. And much more. MP3s: First Part (22:29) | Second part (11:12)