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September 23, 2007



We brake for jake. 2 more mp3's,


Wow...I knew him for the 19 years spent growing up there, used to work making the tshirts he sold. Stopped to talk with him many late nights. Gosh he was always the same age, never thought he would pass away. Great guy.


Don't forget the "I Brake for Jake" A3 Community Radio:

Shakey Jake Memorial Webpage

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” ownes 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 lookin 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:
Peaceable Kingdom
210 S. Main Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
or call Carol at 734 668-7886
[email protected]


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

Ed Special

Keith Dugan

His Name was (Guitar Jake) He came down weadock st every day and played a song for us. His Name was Guitar Jake not shaky jake. I still remeber him singing ( Naked woman put on you bathin suit)

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