Shake a Tail Feather
|"Shake a Tail Feather"|
|Single by The Five Du-Tones|
|Songwriter(s)||Otha Hayes, Verlie Rice, Andre Williams|
"Shake a Tail Feather" is a song written by Otha Hayes, Verlie Rice, and Andre Williams and originally recorded in 1963 by the Chicago-based group The Five Du-Tones. The original recording reached #28 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart and #51 on the Hot 100.
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"Shake a Tail Feather" has been covered by many other artists over the years:
- The Kingsmen included the song on their 1966 The Kingsmen Up And Away album.
- A 1967 version by James & Bobby Purify reached #25 on the Billboard Hot 100.
- Ike & Tina Turner and the Ikettes released renditions of the song on the albums The Ike & Tina Turner Show — Vol. 2 (1967) and So Fine (1968).
- In 1997, R&B and soul singer/guitarist Taj Mahal, along with The Cultural Heritage Choir, cover the song from the album Shakin' a Tailfeather.
- The Monkees performed the song in 1969 on the band's television special, 331⁄3 Revolutions Per Monkee.
- Japanese garage punk band Teengenerate recorded the song for their 1994 10" vinyl release "Audio Recording".
- Hanson included the song in a medley with "Gimme Some Lovin'" on their 1998 release, Live from Albertane.
- The song was covered by The Cheetah Girls for the 2005 Walt Disney Pictures film, Chicken Little.
- In 2012, one of the songwriters, Andre Williams included the song on his 2012 Alive album, Life.
- In November 2013 The Overtones recorded the song for their album Saturday Night at the Movies.
Song in other media
- Ray Charles covered and 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 Fly, The Swim, The Frug, the Mashed Potato, and the Boogaloo, to be performed by a crowd gathered outside Ray's Music Exchange. The UK OST cd lists it as both 'Shake a tailfeather' and 'Shake your tailfeather'
- The original version was featured on the soundtrack of the 1988 film Hairspray.
- The song was also re-created for the 1993 film What's Love Got to Do with It.
- allmusic ((( The Five Du-Tones > Overview )))
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 205.
- Whitburn, Joel (1992). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 5th Edition. Billboard Books. p. 373.
- "Album Reviews: R&B Special Merit" (PDF). Billboard: 47. February 11, 1967.
- "Ike and Tina Turner shake your tail feather". YouTube. 2008-01-06. Retrieved 2014-06-05.
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