In the mid-1970s, Cristy Lane’s career got off the ground with the help of her husband’s newly-formed record label, LS Records – which started releasing her singles and tirelessly promoting her career. Their efforts were rewarded when her label’s debut single made it to the charts. Several hits followed, including her cover of Marion Worth’s “Shake Me I Rattle (Squeeze Me I Cry).”
Her rendition spent multiple weeks on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, where it peaked at No. 16. This makes the song the second major hit in her career. Meanwhile, the single also reached the RPM Country Singles chart in Canada, where it peaked at No. 28.
Soon enough, Lane released “Shake Me I Rattle (Squeeze Me I Cry)” as a single off her sophomore album titled Cristy Lane Is the Name.
The Spirit of Giving
Written by Hal Hackady and Charles Naylor, “Shake Me I Rattle (Squeeze Me I Cry)” tells the story of a woman watching a little girl whose attention was caught by “a dolly in a dress of rosy red” in a toy shop. The scene made her reminisce about the time she saw a little dolly she longed to have when she was also just the same age.
It has the same sign that says, “Shake me, I rattle. Squeeze me, I cry. Please take me home and love me” – which Cristy Lane sings with such a sweet voice that pulls you into the tune.
The song ended with the woman buying that dolly for the little girl. It truly showcased the enormous power of giving to others. It’s a little wonder why “Shake Me I Rattle (Squeeze Me I Cry)” has since been played during the Christmas season.
Make sure to listen to “Shake Me I Rattle (Squeeze Me I Cry)” by Cristy Lane in the video below.