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Shake a Tail Feather

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"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.[1] The original recording reached #28 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart and #51 on the Hot 100.[2]


The song references a number of dance styles/moves, including the Boogaloo, The Twist, The fly, The Bird, Monkey, the Mashed Potato, the duck, the swim, the Boney Maroney, and the Watusi.

Notable cover versions[edit]

"Shake a Tail Feather" has been covered by many other artists over the years:


  1. ^ allmusic ((( The Five Du-Tones > Overview )))
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 205.
  3. ^ "www.allmusic.com". allmusic.com. Retrieved June 2, 2022.
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1992). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 5th Edition. Billboard Books. p. 373.
  5. ^ https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=y3eAoJsI3qc&feature=share