Woo-Hoo (Rock-A-Teens song)

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For other uses, see Woo Hoo (disambiguation).
Single by The Rock-A-Teens
Released 1959
Genre Rockabilly
Label Roulette
Writer(s) George Donald McGraw

"Woo Hoo" is a rockabilly song, credited to Virginia country music DJ and music store/recording company George Donald McGraw and originally released by The Rock-A-Teens in 1959.[1][2]

It is also the title track of The Rock-A-Teens 1959 album featuring the songs: "Woo Hoo"; "Doggone It Baby"; "I'm Not Afraid"; "That's My Mama"; "Dance to the Bop"; "Story of a Woman"; "Twangy"; "Janis Will Rock"; "Pagan"; "Lotta Boppin'"; "Oh My Nerves"; and "I Was Born to Rock".

Original version[edit]

The song is distinctive for its lack of lyrics apart from its title words, which gave it popularity around the world as it is not subject to language barriers. It makes use of the twelve-bar blues chord progression, further adding to its accessibility. The song is featured in John Waters's film Pecker.[3]


  • Vic Mizelle (vocals, guitar)
  • Bobby "Boo" Walker (guitar)
  • Bill Cook (guitar)
  • Eddie Robinson (sax)
  • Paul Dixon (bass)
  • Bill Smith (drums)

Cover versions[edit]

It was later covered by the Scottish rock band, The Revillos, (under the name "Yeah Yeah"), under the same title by the French psychobilly (or as they say themselves, "yé-yé-punk") band Les Wampas on their 1988 album, Chauds, sales et humides, by the Japanese girl band The's on their 1996 album Bomb the Twist and as a dance/electronica track in 2005 by the American act The Daltronics. It was also covered by Showaddywaddy. The Replacements have also performed it in concert on several occasions.

The's version gained cult popularity when it was featured and performed by them in Quentin Tarantino's 2003 movie Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and appears on its soundtrack. Additionally, it appears in the movie Glory Road. In 2004, after appearing in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and an advertisement for Carling beer, the cover peaked at No. 28 on the UK Singles Chart,[4] a rare Western singles chart appearance for a Japanese band. The song is also used, in part, in a Vonage advertising campaign in the United States. It is also used in the soundtrack of the 2013 video game Rayman Legends.

Use in advertisements[edit]

It has been featured in advertisements for:

  • Carling beer in the UK late in the summer of 2004 (This was the's version)
  • Vonage VoIP service, using the's version of the song in the United States and Canada, beginning in late 2004.
  • Chevrolet for the Chevy Cobalt, broadcast in the United States in late 2004, concurrent with the Vonage campaign.
  • Toyota for the Yaris in New York in early 2006.
  • Asda's 'George' clothing brand in early 2013.


  1. ^ Pete Crigler Keeping It Tight in the Old Dominion 2010 p5 "By 1959, they'd started playing dances around the area when they auditioned for a local label owner named George McGraw. McGraw was ... When McGraw renamed the song "Woo Hoo," it became an immediate hit. When the song was ..."
  2. ^ Galen Gart -First Pressings: The History of Rhythm and Blues (1959) 9 2002 p114 "The disk, which has been kicking up some action in the Virginia area, was cut by George D. McGraw, who owns Doran, a division of Mart Records, Salem, Va. McGraw, who also wrote "Woo-Hoo," sold a master ("Happy Birthday Jesus" by Little ..."
  3. ^ Soundtrack for Pecker (1998) at Internet Movie Database IMDb
  4. ^ 5,6,7,8's at Official Charts