CLAPPING SONG, THE

Latest update on 29/03/2014

Artist: Shirley Ellis
Author: Lincoln Chase/James McCarthy/Larry Kent
Label: Congress
Year: 1965

Comes from a ring song, popular in black communities throughout the US. There's an example on Sounds Of The South, the box set illustrating Alan Lomax's 1959 field trip throughout the South. He recorded three children in Como, MS singing and clapping a song called Mary Mack, coming real close.

Covers:

1965:

Sandy Nelson

1965:

Surfs [as Clap tape]

1972:

Gary Glitter

1973:

Witch Way

1982:

Belle Stars

1982:

Pia Zadora

1990:

Claw Boys Claw

1994:

Championettes

1996:

Gam Gam [as Clap Clap on Pavarotti project For The Children Of Bosnia]

1999:

Baccara

Lyrics and melody also pop up in Bill Parsons's Rubber Dolly (alias Bobby Bare), B-side of All American Boy ('58). The melody of the Rubber Dolly part is similar with the one in (My) Creole Belles from 1900 (Lampe/Jens Bodewalt) and is also evident in fiddle-tunes Back Up And Push and Rubber Dolly Rag in the late 1920s. The Light Crust Doughboys sang it as Little Rubber Dolly for Vocalion in '39, Ella Fitzgerald as Wubba Dolly that same year.

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