CLASSICS: DANCE CRAZES

It is my opinion that when it comes to music crazes of a particular genre, they usually have a life span of about 10 years. For instance, 60’s was our Black rhythm and blues, 70s was disco, and 80s were the decade of heavy metal, and long blonde hair rock groups. However, “dance crazes” seemed to have a longer time period, I’d like to say, from the 50’s through the 80’s (as far as I can recall). But the 50s appeared to have been the most prevalent. It seemed as though every week there was a new dance to learn. To give you a sense of what it was like in the fifties/sixties, I’d like you to rent “Hairspray (1988),” from Netflix. It stars Rickie Lake and the legendary Devine.  Now there are other versions of this movie, but this movie was directed by Johnathan Waters is the best version in my opinion; in terms of comedic delivery and a more accurate environment for that era. Today I’d like to share with you an extremely rare and forgotten song named after a dance craze called “The Duck (1966),” and it was sung by Jackie Lee. This song peaked at #14 and stayed on the Top 100 for 14 weeks. I miss these songs and the era they were in; because they represented innocence and truly enjoying yourselves. Now, it’s all about groping. 🙁

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