Bristol Stomp

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"Bristol Stomp"
Single by The Dovells
ReleasedAugust 21, 1961
LabelParkway Records 31348
Songwriter(s)Kal Mann, Dave Appell
The Dovells singles chronology
"No, No, No"
"Bristol Stomp"
"Do the New Continental"

"Bristol Stomp" is a song written in 1961 by Kal Mann and Dave Appell, two executives with the Cameo-Parkway record label, for The Dovells, a doo-wop singing group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who recorded it for Cameo-Parkway late that year. Appell also produced and arranged the track and his Cameo-Parkway's house band served as the studio musicians.[1]


The song was written about teenagers in 1961 who were dancing a new step called "The Stomp" at Good Will Hose Company dances in Bristol, Pennsylvania, a blue-collar suburb of Philadelphia. Before the Dovells' song, kids were dancing the Bristol Stomp to the song "Every Day of the Week" by The Students.[2] The Dovells used the basic feel of that tune and put a three-beat emphasis on the syllables in the title: "Bristol Stomp".

The refrain:

"The kids in Bristol are sharp as a pistol
When they do the Bristol Stomp
Really somethin' when the joint is jumpin'
When they do the Bristol Stomp"

This song makes reference to the "Pony" and the "Twist".

Chart performance[edit]

The Dovells' recording made the #2 spot on the Billboard magazine Hot 100 singles chart in 1961 behind "Runaround Sue" by Dion.[3] "Bristol Stomp" sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.[4] "The Bristol Stomp" also peaked at #7 on the Hot R&B Sides chart.[5]

Other versions[edit]

  • In 1962, under the Columbia record label, Chubby Checker released his rendition of "Bristol Stomp" on his album Don't Knock the Twist. Checker performs lead vocals with the Dovells providing backup. Though not as instrumentally polished as the Dovells' original, this take added more pep. The album title is the same name as the movie starring Checker.[6]
  • On the live performance of Gary U.S. Bonds' "Seven Day Weekend" found on Johnny Thunders live soundtrack album Stations of the Cross, Walter Lure begins singing the chorus of "Bristol Stomp", playing on the fact that the two songs share the same chord sequence, although this chord sequence was common to many songs from the era.[citation needed]
  • UK group The Late Show's interpretation peaked at #40 on the official UK chart [7] in March 1979.

In popular culture[edit]


  1. ^ "Biography". Archived from the original on 17 March 2007. Retrieved 12 January 2022.
  2. ^ "The Jimmy Coe Discography".
  3. ^ Joel Whitburn, The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits
  4. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 134. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 170.
  6. ^ "Don't Knock the Twist (1962)". Retrieved 2016-09-26.
  7. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 75 | Official Charts Company".

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