|"Land of 1000 Dances"|
|Single by Chris Kenner|
|B-side||"That's My Girl"|
|Genre||Rhythm and blues|
|Chris Kenner singles chronology|
|"Land of 1000 Dances"|
|Single by Cannibal & the Headhunters|
|from the album Land of 1000 Dances|
|B-side||"I'll Show You How to Love Me"|
|Genre||Rock and roll|
|Cannibal & the Headhunters singles chronology|
"Land of a Thousand Dances" (or "Land of 1000 Dances") is a song written and first recorded by Chris Kenner in 1962. It later became a bigger hit in versions by Cannibal & the Headhunters and Wilson Pickett.
The original Chris Kenner recording, which peaked at No. 77 on the Billboard chart in 1963, mentions 16 dances: the Pony, the Chicken, the Mashed Potato, the Alligator, the Watusi, the Twist, the Fly, the Jerk, the Tango, the Yo-Yo, the Sweet Pea, the Hand jive, the Slop, the Bop, the Fish, and the Popeye. Kenner's original recording included a brief, gospel-influenced, a capella introduction with the words: "Children, go where I send you / (Where will you send me?) / I'm gon' send you to that land / the land of a thousand dances." This 18 seconds was left off the single release to facilitate radio airplay, and the phrase "Land of 1000 Dances" never appeared in any subsequent recording.
The song is famous for its "na na na na na" hook, which Cannibal & the Headhunters added in their 1965 version, which reached number 30 on the Billboard chart.The hook gave the song further notoriety. The "na na na na na" hook happened by accident when Frankie "Cannibal" Garcia, lead singer of Cannibal and the Headhunters, forgot the lyrics. The melody to this section was also created spontaneously, as it is not in Chris Kenner's original track. The "na na na na na" hook was later borrowed in the 1994 song "Here Comes the Hotstepper" by Jamaican artist Ini Kamoze.
|"Land of 1000 Dances"|
|Single by Wilson Pickett|
|from the album The Exciting Wilson Pickett|
|B-side||"You're So Fine"|
|Recorded||May 11, 1966, FAME Studios, Muscle Shoals, Alabama|
|Genre||Rhythm and blues|
|Wilson Pickett singles chronology|
The song's best-known version was by Wilson Pickett, who recorded the song during his first set of sessions at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama,backed by the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and the Memphis Horns. (He had previously recorded in Memphis.) His recording was released as a single and appeared on his album, The Exciting Wilson Pickett . The single became his third Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs No. 1 hit and his biggest ever pop hit, peaking at No. 6. In 1988 a re-recorded version by Pickett was featured in the end credits for The Great Outdoors . In 1989, the earlier Pickett version was ranked number 152 on Dave Marsh's list of The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made. Pickett's version appears in a 2017 TV commercial for Hulu.
Chris Kenner version
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||77|
Cannibal and the Headhunters version
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||30|
Wilson Pickett version
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||6|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Rhythm & Blues Singles||1|
|UK Singles Chart||22|
Ted Nugent version
|U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks||47|
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