Friday, March 18, 2011

Wilson Pickett

Gotta know how to Pony 
Like Bony Moronie 
Mashed Potato 
Do the Alligator 
Put your hands on your hips 
Let your backbone slip 
Do the Watusi 
Like my little Lucy 

(The late Wilson Pickett was born on this date in 1941.  His version of the song -- which was covered by everyone from Ike and Tina Turner to Ted Nugent to . . . Joan Baez? -- was the most successful and probably the best.  The original recording of the song mentioned 16 dances: In the original recording by Chris Kenner, 16 dances are specifically mentioned: the Pony, the Chicken, the Mashed Potato, the Alligator, the Watusi, the Twist, the Fly, the Jerk, the Tango, the Yo-Yo, the Sweet Pea, the Hand Jive, the Slop, the Bop, the Fish, and the Popeye.)

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