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Papajensai  (Level: 203.6 - Posts: 1025)
Fri, 1st Feb '08 5:21 PM


With all the sadness and trauma going on in the world at the moment, it is worth reflecting on the death of a very important person, which almost went unnoticed. Larry LaPrise, the man that wrote "The Hokey Pokey" died peacefully at the age of 83. The most traumatic part for his family was getting him into the coffin. They put his left leg in. And then the trouble started.

Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Fri, 1st Feb '08 5:28 PM

I must have a morbid sense of humor to have laughed at that one!

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Fri, 1st Feb '08 5:32 PM

I must also be a sicko perv ....
because fell off my chair laughing!!!!

Nelly  (Level: 181.4 - Posts: 1167)
Fri, 1st Feb '08 7:18 PM

Me too, Ron! lol

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3640)
Fri, 1st Feb '08 11:31 PM

I remember in grade school P.E., they had everyone do the hokey pokey. Almost everyone. I stood there with my little arms crossed and said no WAY was I doing something that stupid.

Many years later, I went to this bar out of town on a double date. We walked in and the whole place was dancing. The place was wild. It was a cowboy bar but I figured, hey, everybody's dancing, how bad can it be? Then the place erupted into the hokey pokey. I reverted back to my 3rd grade self.

Texlewee  (Level: 34.1 - Posts: 599)
Fri, 1st Feb '08 11:54 PM

Your not into the whole "in and out" concept?

Or is it the "shake it all about" part....

Redwingchick  (Level: 91.1 - Posts: 419)
Fri, 1st Feb '08 11:55 PM

What if the hokey pokey really IS what it's all about?

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3640)
Fri, 1st Feb '08 11:56 PM

I prefer to make up the dance as I go.

Seniorrita  (Level: 140.1 - Posts: 223)
Sat, 2nd Feb '08 4:54 PM

Good one!

In thepodunk town where I grew up, the Hokey Pokey was the only dance we knew!!!

Jeannette  (Level: 115.1 - Posts: 1734)
Tue, 5th Feb '08 6:12 PM

made me laugh as well

Alvandy  (Level: 242.1 - Posts: 7740)
Sat, 9th Feb '08 2:26 PM

Larry LaPrise (Roland Lawrence LaPrise, born: 11 November 1912 in Detroit, Michigan, died: 4 April 1996 in Gooding, Idaho) holds the U.S. copyright for the song Hokey Pokey.

LaPrise reportedly wrote the song in the late 1940s for the apr├Ęs-ski crowd at a club in Sun Valley, Idaho. The song was first recorded by his group the Ram Trio (with Charles Macak and Tafit Baker) in 1949. They were awarded U.S. copyright in 1950.

After the group broke up in the 1960s, LaPrise worked for the Post Office in Ketchum, Idaho.

The authorship of the Hokey Pokey is disputed, with British/Irish songwriter Jimmy Kennedy claiming to have written the original (entitled Cokey-Cokey) during WWII. Robert Degan sued LaPrise for copyright infringement of his 1946 The Hokey-Pokey Dance. They settled out of court.
If history were different- it might have been the Cokey-Cokey- performed by any of a multitude of todays' recording stars- pick one]

Controlfreak32  (Level: 73.4 - Posts: 9)
Mon, 11th Feb '08 8:50 AM

It is called the Hokey Cokey here in the UK

Leeze83  (Level: 35.2 - Posts: 70)
Mon, 11th Feb '08 2:45 PM

We always called it the Hokey-tokey. Hokey-pokey is an icecream... Therefore, when watching american kids programmes and hearing them say "all in the hokey-pokey" all I can think about is a bunch of kids jumping into a swimming pool full of icecream

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