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2CD Set: GVC2034

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TOTALLY COOL - The Shag And How To Do It
Dance Crazes Of The Rock 'n' Roll Era
CD1
BILLY GRAVES - The Shag (Is Totally Cool)
THE DIAMONDS - The Stroll
THE OLYMPICS - (Baby) Hully Gully
JIMMY MCCRACKLIN - The Walk
BOBBY FREEMAN - (I Do The) Shimmy Shimmy
DION - The Majestic
DEE CLARK - The Kangaroo Hop
GUITAR JR - The Crawl
THE DELLWOODS (AKA THE SWEET SICK TEENS) - Let’s Do The Pretzel
THE SHIRELLES - Doin’ The Ronde
THE DOVELLS - Bristol Stomp
BOBBY RYDELL - The Fish
CHUBBY CHECKER - The Hucklebuck
DON COVAY & THE GOODTIMERS - Pony Time
ROSCO GORDON - The Chicken (Dance With You)
NOBLE ‘THIN MAN’ WATTS & HIS RHYTHM SPARKS - Hard Times (The Slop)
GENE & WENDELL WITH THE SWEETHEARTS - The Roach
JERRY DALLMAN & THE KNIGHTCAPS - The Bug
THE VIBRATIONS - The Watusi
THE FLARES - Foot Stomping
THE RAY BRYANT COMBO - The Madison Time (Part 1)
THE STRANGERS - The Caterpillar Crawl
TONY & JOE - The Freeze
LARRY BRIGHT - Mojo Workout
RICHARD BERRY & THE LOCKETTES - The Mess Around
LEE ALLEN & HIS BAND - Walkin’ With Mr Lee
THE ROBINS - Loop De Loop Mambo
JOEY DEE & THE STARLIGHTERS - The Peppermint Twist
THE SHADES ft. LEE COOK - Strollin’ After Dark
VERN PULLENS - Bop Crazy Baby
HANK BALLARD & THE MIDNIGHTERS - The Twist
DANNY & THE JUNIORS - Do The Bop
CD2
CHUBBY CHECKER - Let’s Twist Again
THE COASTERS - Dance!
HANK BALLARD & THE MIDNIGHTERS - The Coffee Grind
BOBBY FREEMAN - The Mess Around
ROY ORBISON - Ooby Dooby
GENE VINCENT - Dance To The Bop
SPARKLE MOORE - Rock-A-Bop
SIL AUSTIN - Slow Walk
JOHNNY OTIS SHOW - Willie & The Hand Jive
THE ROLLERS - The Continental Walk
ALVADEAN COKER & THE COKERS - We’re Gonna Bop
THE COMMANDOS - The Chicken Scratch
BILL BLACK’S COMBO - Twist-Her
AL BROWN’S TUNETOPPERS ft. COOKIE BROWN - The Madison
MARATHONS - Peanut Butter (Hully Gully)
RUSSELL BYRD - Hitch Hike (part 1)
SAM COOKE - Everybody Loves To Cha-Cha-Cha
PAT BOONE - The Wang Dang Taffy Apple Tango
LITTLE ANTHONY & THE IMPERIALS - Shimmy Shimmy Ko-Ko-Bop
KING CURTIS & THE NOBLE KNIGHTS - Soul Twist
THE HAWKETTS - Mardi Gras Mambo
JIMMY MCCRACKLIN - The Wobble
THE BARKER BROTHERS - Hey Little Mama
CHUBBY CHECKER - The Slop
THE FLEE-REKKERS - Blue Tango
NAT KENDRICK & THE SWANS - (Do The) Mashed Potatoes
THE DIAMONDS - Walkin’ The Stroll
THE OLYMPICS - Shimmy Like Kate
KEN MACKINTOSH & HIS BAND - The Creep
THE JODIMARS - Dance The Bop
CHAN ROMERO - The Hippy Hippy Shake
DANNY & THE JUNIORS - At The Hop

The Shag is the official state dance of Carolina. Although nowadays contemporaneous R&B beach music - as it has been, for the past four or five decades - it has its roots in a number of eight-count 1930s Swing dances, notably the Flea Hop and the Carolina Jitterbug. Billy Graves’ monumental (sic) homage to the The Shag, which he rightly identifies as being “Totally Cool!”, takes it deep into areas of R’n’R and teen angst!

It remains, to this very day, the de rigeur dance to perform when in this part of the world, much to the amusement of visiting English folk who are barely able to stifle sniggers at the prospect of attending an open-air Sh ag-A-Thon! (incidentally, it seems that Billy Graves’ disc, which became a significant crossover hit in early 1959, spending a couple of months on the US Top 100, was briefly scheduled for release here in the UK, on the London-American label; then someone at Decca, who owned the London imprint, thought about it…)

But this compilation ain’t just about shagging, no siree!…

Let’s face it, Dance has been inextricably linked with Popular Music since the advent of recorded sound. Dance music itself reached its apogee in terms of popularity in the 1920s and 1930s, following the initial impact/arrival of both radio and 78 rpm records…but by the dawn of the R&R era musical tastes had changed radically, and the first post-WWII generation of teenagers wanted to dance to far less polite and/or formal sounds. Consequently, between the mid 1950s and early 1960s - i.e. between the arrival of Rock’n’Roll and the British Invasion - the US Pop charts were all a-shimmy with Dance Craze discs whose very exuberance, diversity and sheer silliness took unselfconsciousness into a new dimension.

Fuelled by T.V. shows such as Dick Clark’s American Bandstand and exploitation flicks such as Hey, Let’s Twist and Don’t Knock The Twist, fad-obsessed teens could brush up on the latest and the greatest footwork which accompanied such record hop floor-fillers as The Pony, The Watusi, The Hully Gully, The Mashed Potato, The Stroll, The Slop, The Bristol Stomp, The Madison, The Hitch Hike, The Continental and, of course, the immortal Wang Dang Taffy Apple Tango. Nonetheless, the most popular and enduring dance by far was The Twist, which first saw light of day when Hank Ballard penned the song of the same name and devised the accompanying dance moves which he and The Midnighters performed on stage.

Several of the half-forgotten goodies featured on this unique 2-CD set - were proudly included in John Waters’ lavishly kitsch tale of dance-crazed Baltimore teen culture, Hairspray…although how more of these gems managed to escape inclusion remains a mystery!

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