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Danny & The Juniors - At The Hop - from the album The Wonderful World Of The 50's - 100 Hit Songs (1958)

Danny & The Juniors - At The Hop - from the album The Wonderful World Of The 50's - 100 Hit Songs (1958)





"At the Hop" is a rock and roll/doo-wop song written by Artie Singer, John Medora, and David White and originally released by Danny & the Juniors. The song was released in the fall of 1957, and reached number one on the US charts on January 6, 1958, thus becoming one of the top-selling singles of 1958. "At the Hop" also hit number one on the R&B Best Sellers list. Somewhat more surprisingly, the record reached #3 on the Music Vendor country charts.

The song became more prominent after it was performed by rock and roll revival act Sha Na Na at the 1969 Woodstock Festival and featured in the 1973 coming-of-age teen drama American Graffiti. Musically, it's notable for combining several of the most popular formulas in 1950s rock'n'roll, the twelve-bar blues, boogie-woogie piano and the 50s progression.


From The 100 Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Songs Ever by Avram Mednick:


Another big favorite of the guys in my building in the Bronx was "At The Hop", by Danny & the Juniors. Lee would sing lead, which meant he grabbed a bat or a broom or a stick or something to use as a microphone and he took the verses while the others sang back-up and chimed in with the chorus. It had all the doo-wop elements, four-part harmonies, ahs and oohs, oh babies, adolescent sensibilities, and inane lyrics. Nonetheless, a classic which defined the era as much as any '50's hit:

Well, you can rock it you can roll it
Do the stamp and really stroll it
At the hop.
When the record starts spinning
Wet your lips, wind your chicken
At the hop.
Do the dance sensation
That is sweeping the nation
At the hop.

Mythology has it that Dick Clark advised the manager of Danny & the Juniors, a local Philadelphia doo-wop group, to change the lyric of a new song from "Do The Bop" to "At The Hop". True or not, the result was fabulous: number one on the charts for six weeks in the winter of 1958 and over a million copies sold. They followed quickly with "Rock And Roll Is Here To Stay", another huge hit, and then "Dottie", a lesser success. Other than records to capitalize on the twist and then the limbo, that was about it.