COKEY COKEY NOVELTY DANCE, THE (YOU PUT YOUR LEFT ARM OUT)

Created on 07/11/2005
Latest update on 31/03/2021

Artist: Lou Praeger
Author: Jimmy Kennedy
Label: Columbia
Year: 1945

From the Palais de Dance, Hammersmith. Vocal: Paul Rich. B-side of In A Little While. The first one to come up with this novelty yell (You put your right hand in, left hand out, shake it all about) was Al Tabor, a Canadian officer during the blitz in London, remembering the yell of an icecream man way back in his youth. Settled interestingly out of court against famous lyricist Jimmy Kennedy in 1942 (who wrote Harbor Lights, Istanbul Not Constantinopel, Red Sails In The Sunset, South Of The Border).

Covers:

1950:

Jim Valley Trio [as The Hokey Pokey for 4 Star]

1953:

Ray Anthony [vocal: Jo Ann Greer and The Skyliners; B-side of The Bunny Hop]

1962:

Champs

1979:

Slade [as Okey Cokey]

1981:

Snowmen [as Hokey Cokey; top 20 UK]

1991:

Little Richard

1997:

Brave Combo

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