Shake a Tail Feather
|"Shake a Tail Feather"|
|Single by The Five Du-Tones|
|from the album Hairspray soundtrack|
|Writer(s)||Otha Hayes, Verlie Rice, Andre Williams|
"Shake a Tail Feather" (Otha Hayes, Verlie Rice, and Andre Williams) is a song originally recorded in 1963 by the Chicago-based group The Five Du-Tones. (This version was featured on the soundtrack of the 1988 film Hairspray). A 1967 version by James & Bobby Purify reached #25 on the Billboard Hot 100.
"Shake a Tail Feather" has been covered by many other artists over the years. Ray Charles performed the song during his scenes in the 1980 film The Blues Brothers in a version that included calls for various 1960s dances, such as the Twist, the Monkey, The Frug and the Mashed Potato, to be performed by a crowd gathered outside Ray's Music Exchange.
The Monkees performed the song in 1968 on the band's television special, 331⁄3 Revolutions Per Monkee.
In November 2013 The Overtones recorded the song for their album Saturday Night at the Movies.
Other artists who have recorded the song include Ike & Tina Turner (as re-created in the film What's Love Got to Do with It), Mitch Ryder, Gerry & The Pacemakers, Tommy James and the Shondells, and The Romantics.
- allmusic ((( The Five Du-Tones > Overview )))
- Whitburn, Joel (1992). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 5th Edition. Billboard Books. p. 373.
- "Ike and Tina Turner shake your tail feather". YouTube. 2008-01-06. Retrieved 2014-06-05.
- Mike Hale (2011-09-18). "Cigars? Cigarettes? Catty Rivalries?". New York Times. Archived from the original on 2015-02-13. Retrieved 2015-02-12.
Later the actress Karen LeBlanc does a pretty fair Tina Turner imitation on “Shake a Tail Feather” and “I Want to Be Made Over.”
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