Jump in the Line (Shake, Senora)

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"Jump In The Line (Shake, Señora)"
Song by Harry Belafonte from the album Jump Up Calypso
Released November 17, 1961 (U.S.)
Recorded August 1958
Genre Calypso
Length 3:39
Music sample

"Jump in the Line (Shake, Señora)" is a song composed by Trinidadian calypsonian Lord Kitchener (Aldwyn Roberts) that won the 1946 Trinidad Carnival Road March.


Woody Herman and his Third Herd recorded Kitchener's song in 1952 on Mars Records; Herman's band also made a live recording that same year under the title "Jump in Line." Lord Invader released a cover of the song on the Folkways Label in 1955.[1] Entitled "Label Labor Day (Jump in the Line)", the tune reached mento star Lord Flea, who in turn recorded a version based on Lord Invader's interpretation.[1] Released in August 1, 1958 on the Capitol record label, Flea's cover inspired Harry Belafonte who released his own take on November 17, 1961 (credited to his pseudonym Raymond Bell on the disc label). It was released on the album Jump Up Calypso, and was later featured in the films Beetlejuice and The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning. It was also recorded by Lord Fly and[2] Joseph Spence in 1958.[3] In 1962, R&B singer Gary U.S. Bonds released a version of this 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. The song was sampled by Pitbull as Shake Señora off the 2011 album Planet Pit.


  1. ^ a b Santiwah (6 August 2011). "Jump in the line (Shake Señora): Lord Kitchener". Trinizagada. 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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