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.
# 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.
#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.