Swing Discussion Boards > What is a WiggleDance?

Discussion in 'Swing Discussion Boards' started by opendoor, Aug 5, 2011.

  1. opendoor

    opendoor Well-Known Member

    Word by word translation of an announcement from Germany (1913)

    You can find a photo of the original document on wiki (enlarge)

  2. RoyHarper

    RoyHarper Member

    It's whatever Murray, Jeff, Anthony and Sam do.
  3. Steve Pastor

    Steve Pastor Moderator Staff Member

    Hey little chil’en.
    Listen to me.
    Fall in step
    and you will see.
    There’s a brand new dance
    You can take it from me
    it’s spreadin’ all around
    Well you wiggle
    and you shuffle
    from bottom to top
    Keep in step with the rhythm
    and you’re doin’ the bop”
  4. opendoor

    opendoor Well-Known Member

    Thanks, do you have a source or YT link?
  5. Steve Pastor

    Steve Pastor Moderator Staff Member

    OK, well, I gues I shouldn't have clicked on close tabs, because I just lost a bunch of text. (I HATE that.)
    We'll see when and if I have the heart to redo it.

    Those lyrics are from this song, written by Geraldine Coker. Alvadean was her daughter.

    “We’re Gonna Bop” Alvaden Coker Abbott 176 6636 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood 28, Calif. in Canada by Quality[Billboard March 19, 1955]

    Alvadean was 17 at the time, and part of the musical family from Bakersfield, Calif known as the Coker Family, or the Cokers.

    Alvadean and her brother "Sandy" (real name Alvis) appeared on the Town Hall Party dance/tv show in Compton, Calif. (source German Wikipedia!)

    Same song by "the Abbott Sisters" Big Band treatment with Skip Martin Orch
    (Fabor is a sister company to Abbott)

    London Records release

    Shuffle is often associated with African American dance, although I think it could be just a lazy type of step.

    Wiggle is more in the line of African Amercian venacular movement with roots in Africa. It has surfaced in the main stream throughout the 20th century, it seems.

    The 1913 versions were probably part of the Animal Dances of the Ragtime Era, based on the 1913 date.

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