“Land of 1000 Dances” Performed By Chris Kenner (1963), Cannibal & The Headhunters (1965), Wilson Pickett (1966)

September 30, 2010


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#77 Pop

Well it seems that there is not enough month left for me to prepare posts on the rest of the Sixties dances that are listed here in my notebook, so I decided to share “The Land of 1000 Dances” with you to help make up for it.

Composed by New Orleans  songwriter/performers Antoine Dominique “Fats” Domino and Chris Kenner, “Land of 1000 Dances” mentions not 1000 but 16, of some of the greatest dances of the 60s. Can you  name them all? Can you do them all :-)

TRIVIA: The pianist on this cut is the great  Allen Toussaint.

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# 30 Pop

Frankie Garcia,  nicknamed Cannibal (as a boy when he bit an opponent during a fight making Mike Tyson NOT the first one to do so :- 0 ) headed up his band of Headhunters Robert and Joe Jaramillo of East L.A. and they covered Kenner’s song in 1965. The song charted higher than Kenner’s  original making the band one of the first Mexican American groups on the national charts. This is the version that I loved as a kid! I suppose it was the na na na na na’s that did it.

TRIVA: Cannibal added the na na na na nas to his cover version when he forgot the lyrics while performing the song.

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  #1 R&B  #6 Pop

The Wicked Wicked Wilson Pickett sped up the tempo and added his funky soul vocal to the Muscle Shoals musicians workout to take “TLOOD” to the top of the R&B charts and the highest ranking Pop version to that date. Although many have covered the tune since Pickett — I believe that his version remains the standard.

Check out this vintage YouTube clip  of  Wilson Pickett performing his hit live in 1966

You can pick up Wilson Picket’s hit cover version of Land Of 1000 Dances as well as Cannibal & The Headhunter’s classic cover of Land of 1000 Dances to add to your own OSML collection if you haven’t done so already.

Last but not least, the Blue eyed soul cover version by that dancing fool Tom Jones, circa 1969, is offered here just because I like to watch it  ;-).  Miss Mary Wilson, if you are reading this, you were one lucky lady! Enjoy.

Musically Yours,

 

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1 SupaStarry October 17, 2010 at 1:59 am

K, i recognized alot of the dance but i dont know how theyre done lol. might go on a YT search :)

P.S. that Na nanana na part is so classic!

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2 SonDan October 17, 2010 at 5:02 am

SupaS, In my high school we had a cheer using the Na na na na. Buy of course probably every high school in the USA did too! That song, and especially the hook, was really very popular.

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3 SupaStarry October 26, 2010 at 4:34 am

Yes! you hear that Na na na na na everywhere!

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