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Shakin’ Stevens (born Michael Barratt, 4 March 1948, in Ely, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales) is a Welsh singer and performer who has the distinction of being the top selling male U.K. singles artist of the 1980s. Inspired by classic and music from the and , he’s also known by his nickname “Shaky”, a title used by fans of his popular singles such as the evergreen tune “Merry Christmas Everyone”.

He began his career fronting the group Shakin’ Stevens and the Sunsets, managed by Paul Barrett. Also known as the The Sunsets, the -esque outfit originaled from Penarth, South Glamorgan. An early break for the band arrived when they were given a support slot for The Rolling Stones in December 1969. Yet, despite landing a recording contract with the seminal label Parlophone Records the following year, the band found success hard to come by. At least in their native Great Britain, they couldn’t quite break through commercially, though they had hit singles in other countries. After seven years of constant touring and recording, Shaky left the band in 1977. He gained a lead role in Jack Good’s “Elvis!” musical, which brought him praise from many critics.

Regular TV appearances on the revamped TV show Oh Boy led eventually to his first chart success, a reworked version of a Buck Owens song “Hot Dog”, which Owens would go on to re-record using Stevens arrangement which had been created by pedal steel guitar player B.J. Cole.

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