Jump in the Line (Shake, Señora)

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"Jump in the Line (Shake, Senora)"
Song by Harry Belafonte
from the album Jump Up Calypso
ReleasedNovember 17, 1961
LabelRCA Victor
Songwriter(s)Lord Kitchener
Producer(s)Bob Bollard
Audio sample
"Jump in the Line"

"Jump in the Line (Shake, Senora)" is a song sung by Harry Belafonte and composed by Lord Kitchener. The song is in quadruple time. It made an appearance in Beetlejuice, a 1988 film directed by Tim Burton. It is a calypso song.

Later renditions[edit]

Woody Herman and his Third Herd recorded Kitchener's song in 1952 for Mars Records; Herman's band recorded it live that same year with the title "Jump in Line." Lord Invader released a cover of the song on the Folkways Label in 1955, titled "Labor Day (Jump in the Line)".[1] His rendition reached mento star Lord Flea, who in turn recorded a version based on Lord Invader's interpretation.[1] It was released in August 1, 1958, by Capitol Records.

Flea's version inspired Harry Belafonte, who released his own take on November 17, 1961 (credited to his pseudonym Raymond Bell on the disc label). It was included on the album Jump Up Calypso, and was later featured in the films Beetlejuice, The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules. It was also recorded by Lord Fly[2] and Joseph Spence in 1958.[3]

In 1962, R&B singer Gary U.S. Bonds released a version called "Twist, Twist Senora". In 1998, the song was covered by American swing band the Cherry Poppin' Daddies for the soundtrack to the movie BASEketball. In 2008, the song was performed by Samuel E. Wright, Kevin Michael Richardson, Rob Paulsen, Jim Cummings, Alvin Chea, Oren Waters, Rick Logan and Chris Garcia in The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning. The song was sampled by Pitbull as Shake Señora off the 2011 album Planet Pit. Later in 2011, the song was recorded by Karl Zero and the Wailers, this version being used in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules. The track appears in Just Dance 2 from its original artist, when it later became DLC in Just Dance 3, the track was covered by The Sunlight Shakers.


  1. ^ a b Santiwah (6 August 2011). "Jump in the line (Shake Señora): Lord Kitchener". Trinizagada. Archived from the original on 12 May 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
  2. ^ "'The King of Calypso' Meet Lord Fly". mentomusic.com. Retrieved 2008-08-12.
  3. ^ "Joseph Spence: The Complete Folkways Recordings". smithsonianglobalsound.org. Archived from the original on 2008-09-21. Retrieved 2008-08-12.

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