The Funky Soul Dance Craze


Herein lies the “Land of the 1000 Dances,” a Shangri-la of popcorn grooves and sock-hop fun. Everybody knows how to “Twist & Shout,” but can you do the “Mashed Potatoes?” Yeah? Well, how about the “Harlem Shuffle?” You move it to the left, yeah, ‘til you go for yourself. You move it to the right, yeah, if it takes all night. Hey, I think you got it! Now “Walk the Dog,” “Shake a Tail Feather,” and do the “Loco-Motion.” C’mon, don’t let it up now! We’re “Barefootin’!” “Shake” it honey, and do the “Wah Watusi!” Look at you go! You’re lookin’ good, baby.


  • Wilson Pickett, “Land of 1000 Dances”
  • Junior Walker & the All-Stars, “Shotgun”
  • Rufus Thomas, “Walkin the Dog”
  • Bob & Earl, “Harlem Shuffle”
  • Major Lance, “Monkey Time”
  • Marvin Gaye, “Hitch Hike”
  • James Brown, “Mashed Potatoes USA”
  • The Isley Brothers, “Twist and Shout”
  • James Brown, “Mother Popcorn Pt. 1”
  • Dee Dee Sharp, “Mashed Potato Time”
  • James Brown, “Do the Mashed Potatoes”
  • James & Bobby Purify, “Shake a Tail Feather”
  • Rufus Thomas, “Do the Funky Chicken”
  • The Miracles, “Mickey’s Monkey”
  • Robert Parker, “Barefootin'”
  • Archie Bell & the Drells, “Tighten Up”
  • Jackie Lee, “The Duck”
  • Little Eva, “The Locomotion”
  • The Orlons, “Wah Watusi”
  • Candy & the Kisses, “The 81”
  • Otis Redding, “Shake”
  • The Marlins, “Everybody Do the Swim”
  • The Miracles, “Come On Do the Jerk”
  • James Brown, “The Chicken”
  • James Brown, “The Popcorn”
  • Junior Walker & the All-Stars, “Shake and Fingerpop”
  • Wilson Pickett, “Soul Dance Number Three”
  • The Crawlers, “Twine Time”
  • The Registers, “Philly Freeze”
  • Chris Kenner, “Land of 1000 Dances”
  • Chubby Checker, “The Twist”

(Rhapsody – July 3, 2014)

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