At The Hop

Album: At The Hop (1957)
Charted: 3 1
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  • Bah-bah-bah-bah, bah-bah-bah-bah
    Bah-bah-bah-bah, bah-bah-bah-bah, at the hop!

    Well, you can rock it you can roll it
    You can stop and you can stroll it at the hop
    When the record starts spinnin'
    You chalypso when you chicken at the hop
    Do the dance sensation that is sweepin' the nation at the hop

    Ah, let's go to the hop
    Let's go to the hop, (oh baby)
    Let's go to the hop, (oh baby)
    Let's go to the hop
    Come on, let's go to the hop

    Well, you can swing it you can groove it
    You can really start to move it at the hop
    Where the jockey is the smoothest
    And the music is the coolest at the hop
    All the cats and chicks can get their kicks at the hop
    Let's go!

    Let's go to the hop
    Let's go to the hop, (oh baby)
    Let's go to the hop, (oh baby)
    Let's go to the hop
    Come on, let's go to the hop
    Let's go!

    Well, you can rock it you can roll it
    You can stop and you can stroll it at the hop
    When the record starts spinnin'
    You chalypso when you chicken at the hop
    Do the dance sensation that is sweepin' the nation at the hop

    You can swing it you can groove it
    You can really start to move it at the hop
    Where the jockey is the smoothest
    And the music is the coolest at the hop.
    All the cats and chicks can get their kicks at the hop.
    Let's go!

    Let's go to the hop
    Let's go to the hop, (oh baby)
    Let's go to the hop, (oh baby)
    Let's go to the hop
    Come on, let's go to the hop

    Bah-bah-bah-bah, bah-bah-bah-bah
    Bah-bah-bah-bah, bah-bah-bah-bah, at the hop!

Comments: 29

  • Jennifur SunWho played the drums?
  • AnonymousSo who played piano then
  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaKevin, have wondered the same thing.
  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaDoes anyone know who played that fun piano?
  • Keneau Arnet from The Faraway IslandsFlip flop I was doin' the bop... and by the way, the "chalypso" and the ""chicken" were dance steps popular when "At the Hop" was at the top... and let's don't let dat music stop!
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn December 15th 1957, Sammy Davis Jr. hosts a syndicated radio talk show with a round-table discussion of Rock 'n' Roll...
    His guests were Columbia Records executive Mitch Miller and MGM Records president Arnold Maxim...
    When Davis and Miller blast Rock 'n' Roll as 'the comic books of music', Maxim takes an opposing viewpoint and says 'I don't see any end to Rock 'n' Roll in the near future'...
    At the time Billboard's Top 10 was:
    #1. "April Love" by Pat Boone
    #2. "At the Hop" by Danny and the Juniors
    #3. "Peggy Sue" by Buddy Holly
    #4. "Great Balls of Fire" by Jerry Lee Lewis
    #5. "Raunchy" by Bill Justis and His Orchestra
    #6. a tie, "Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley and "You Send Me" by Sam Cooke
    #8. "Kiss Sweeter Than Wine" by Jimmie Rodgers
    #9. "Silhouettes" by the Rays
    #10. "Rock and Roll Music" by Chuck Berry.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn March 23rd 1958, Alan Freed's 'Big Beat Show' played the Convention Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania...
    One of the show's acts was Danny and the Juniors and at the time the groups "Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay" was at #33 on Billboard's Top 100 chart, earlier in the month on the 9th it peaked at #19 for one week...
    And also at the time the group's debut record, "At the Hop", was still on the chart at #38.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn December 8th 1960, Danny & The Juniors performed "Twistin' USA" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    Eighteen days earlier on November 20th it was at #74 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart and that was also its last day on the chart; it had peaked at #27 and spent 9 weeks on the Top 100...
    It was the Philadelphia quartet's last Top 30 record; the first two were "At the Hop" {#1 for 7 weeks in 1958} and "Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay" {#19 in 1958}...
    R.I.P. Daniel 'Danny' Rapp {1941 - 1983}.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn June 4th 1958, Danny and the Juniors performed "Rock and Roll Is Here To Stay" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    It was their follow-up song to "At The Hop", and peaked at #19 on the Top 100...
    Their other two Top 40 hits were "Dottie" (#39) and "Twistin' U.S.A." (#27)...
    They sang "Dottie" on the same 'Bandstand' show (since this was "Bandstand' they actually lip-sync it).
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn December 2nd, 1957 Danny and the Juniors performed "At The Hop" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    One weeks later on December 9th it entered Billboard's Top 100 chart; and on January 6th, 1958 it peaked at #1 (for 7 weeks) and spent 21 weeks on the chart...
    And the day it reached #1 on the Top 100 it made #1 (for 5 weeks) on Billboard's R&B Singles chart...
    The record "Get A Job" by The Silhouettes succeeded it at #1 on both charts.
  • Robert from Glen Ellyn, IlFirst 45 I bought.
  • Whamo from San Clemente, CaProps to the real singer! This is a great song. I was born in '52 so I was a little kid when I used to hear this song on the radio. If you like this song pick up "Malt Shop Rock" collection CD, which doesn't have this classic, but many others from that era. What a classic era it was -- the birth of rock and roll.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyNick Todd, Pat Boone's younger brother, covered this record and it peaked at No. 21 in 1959...
  • Kevin from Dallas, TxWhat is the background to the first chorus? It sounds a little like "Paar-ty" but I cannot get it - the second chorus background is "Tooo-the Hop and the last is simply "Let's Go To The Hop". Another question: Who were the musicians?-Thanks
  • Fred from Laurel, MdSha-Na-Na were a retro, 'camp' group in the late 60's/70's, and provided a stark contrast to what was being done on the bleeding edge of rock/pop at the time. They even dressed like they had come through a time warp from 1957. It was almost like they were saying, "Hey, here's what was all the rage just a decade ago -- seems like a whole 'nother century, huh, kids?" BTW, the leader/spokesman for Sha-Na-Na was Bowser, who I believe sang bass. (A lot of the bass parts in do-wop went, "Bow, bow, bow..." -- actually, even the Beach Boys used that in 1965, in 'Help Me Rhonda,' which was light-years beyond do-wop, or so it seemed at the time.)
  • Ekristheh from Halath, United StatesThis was the title and theme of a local television dance program in Champaign, Illinois. I never missed it. We had "sock hops" in grade school, on, I think, the last Friday of every month.
  • Joel from Halifax, NsThis song was featured in the movie Grease. It is about young people having a good time dancing.
  • Kristen from Luling, TxI love this song . It is the coolest song on the earth. My dance team dance to it at are pep-rally . It a good song to dance too.
    -Kristen,Luling,TX
  • Richard from Talladega, AlI actually never had heard of this song until I heard Sha Na Na's version on the Woodstock album.
  • Andrew from Birmingham, United StatesI myself am curious to know more stuff about how sock-hops went back then. The '50s rock-and-roll hits do soothe the soul. Though I'm a '70s fan, I miss the '50s as well! The '50s gave birth to rock-and-roll! Without the '50s, where would rock-and-roll be? The Juniors are one of my favorite groups of early time.
  • Len from Baltimore, MdI had to research the lyrics to find out what these guys where doing with their chickens at the hop. Now I know!
  • Bud from Byrdstown, TnI was 17 when this song came out , getting ready to join the Marine Corps, it was a great time to grow up in the 40s and 50s great music soft rock and some very great groups , a lot of which had only one or to hits, but they sure do bring back memories, remember the Elegants, Mary Wells,of course Elvis , Jerry Lee, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Troy Shondell, Robby Rydell, Brenda Lee the list goes on forever.
    Bud greensburg , ky
  • Bob from Rockland, Me"At The Hop"..."here, here..."(Movie: Hombre)
  • Stefanie from Rock Hill, ScI've heard this song and "Rock n' Roll Is Here to Stay", but I haven't heard the others.
  • Fyodor from Denver, CoA guy I worked with who grew up during this time period reported "doing the Bop to Elvis," but I've rarely heard about this dance (or phrase) otherwise. Quite a crazy version of this song done by Sha-Na-Na at Woodstock.
  • Jon from Regina, CanadaThis is a truly great song, and it still serves today as a staple of '50s pop culture.
  • Cynthia from Phoenix, Azi grew up listening to oldies and this is just one of those memorable songs
  • David from Evansville, InHomer:
    My show on XM Satellite Radio's 50s-On-5 has all the Danny & The Juniors great hits.

    daddy dave
    www.daddydaveshollywooddiner.com
  • Homer from Versailles, IlI used to love this song! It seems to be one of the great 50's songs that have disappeared from oldies radio in the last several years.
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