Dancin’ Party

Various Artists
FORMAT: Audio CD - 2 Disc
Release date: 15 Jul 2013


“features a host of party records spread over 2CDs”  Record Collector

"Primed to stir up even the most docile get-togethers with hits and rarities that cover all fads from the dance craze era"  Vintage Rock

“You can shag, freeze, twist, cha-cha-cha, slop, hucklebuck, shimmy, watusi and hully gully to your heart’s content” Now Dig This


CAT No: FVDD171UPC TEXT: 5055311001715

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Hits and Rarities from the Dance Craze Era

Compiled and annotated by Lucky Parker, the 2CD set Dancin’ Party recollects those carefree days of record hops, big boss lines and ladies’ choices with a stunning selection of the genre’s biggest hits and best-loved exponents.

While it’s undoubtedly the best-remembered 60s dance, The Twist really was just the toe-tapping tip of the Terpsichorean iceberg.  Its popularity defied borders, classes and age groups as it wound around the globe leaving a trail of pinched nerves, slipped discs and happy osteopaths in its wake.  First Lady Jackie Kennedy gave it the establishment seal of approval when she was photographed “doing it” at a White House bash and yet, for around five years prior to the British Invasion, the US charts were awash with dance craze discs, records whose catchy appeal meant they often registered in both the Pop and R&B charts.

Fuelled by teen-orientated TV shows such as American Bandstand, regional dance fads came and went with dizzying speed, all of them marketed to youngsters eager to shake a tail feather and prove they were hip to the latest moves.  Lest you be a wallflower it was time to take to the floor, saddle up and Pony or just Mess Around and Shimmy.  The Waddle, The Pop Pie and The Roach may have faded as quickly as last night’s prom corsage, but others like The Cha Cha Cha, The Shag (the state dance of South Carolina, in case you were wondering) and The Bossa Nova have proved more enduring.

Featured artists include Chubby Checker, Dee Dee Sharp, Little Eva, Joey Dee, The Olympics and there are also hard-to-find cuts by The Dutones, Brice Coefield and The Miller Sisters.  So get with, don’t quit it – it’s party time!



  1. Dancin’ Party (Chubby Checker)
  2. Peppermint Twist Part 1 (Joey Dee and The Starliters)
  3. The Madison Time Part 1 (Ray Bryant Combo)
  4. The Mess Around (Richard Berry and The Lockettes)
  5. The Hucklebuck (Jackie Lee)
  6. Bongo Gully (Little Joey and The Flips)
  7. Mashed Potato Time (Dee Dee Sharp)
  8. The Bossa Nova (My Heart Said) (Tippie and The Clovers)
  9. The Cha-Cha-Cha (Bobby Rydell)
  10. Dear Lady Twist (Gary US Bonds)
  11. Pop Pop Pop-Pie (The Sherrys)
  12. Bristol Stomp (The Dovells)
  13. Waddle, Waddle (The Bracelets)
  14. Shimmy Like Kate (The Olympics)
  15. Let’s Do The Stroll (Donnie Elbert)
  16. Pony Time (Chubby Checker)
  17. Ride! (Dee Dee Sharp)
  18. Twist And Shout (The Top Notes)
  19. The Bug (Jerry Dallman and The Knightcaps)
  20. The Freeze (Tony and Joe)
  21. The Majestic (Dion)
  22. That American Dance (The Belmonts)
  23. The Loco-Motion (Little Eva)
  24. Do The Hully Gully Part 1 (King Coleman)
  25. I’ll Save The Last Dance For You (Damita Jo)


  1. The Shag (Is Totally Cool) (Billy Graves)
  2. Ladies Choice (Patty Saturday)
  3. The Roach (Gene and Wendell)
  4. Can You Waddle? Part 1 (The Spartans)
  5. Do The New Continental (The Dovells)
  6. The Camel Walk (Labrenda Ben and The Bell Jeans)
  7. (Baby) Hully Gully (The Olympics)
  8. Cha Cha Twist (Brice Coefield)
  9. The Fish (Bobby Rydell)
  10. Bossa Nova Twist (The Casual-aires)
  11. The Wobble (Diane and The Darlettes)
  12. The Wah-Watusi (The Orlons)
  13. The Push And Kick (Mark Valentino)
  14. Chicken, Baby, Chicken (Tony Harris)
  15. Pop Your Finger (Hully Gully Dance) (The Miller Sisters)
  16. Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes) (Dee Dee Sharp)
  17. The Fly (Chubby Checker)
  18. The Bird (The Dutones)
  19. (I Do The) Shimmy Shimmy (Bobby Freeman)
  20. Shig-A-Shag (Jimmy Crain)
  21. Georgia Slop (Jimmy McCracklin)
  22. The Sloppy Madison (Jack Gale and The Medicine Men)
  23. Slow Twistin’ (Chubby Checker with De Dee Sharp)
  24. Foot Stomping Pt. 1 (The Flares)
  25. I’ll Never Dance Again (Bobby Rydell)