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GUEST,Azizi Origins: Swing Your Tail (chanty, worksong) (38) RE: Origins: Swing Your Tail (chanty, worksong) 18 Jan 13


Greetings!

Thanks Gib for starting a very interesting thread.

In your Jan 17th 01:21 AM post you wrote that "The song appears in an issue of _The Crisis_ (NAACP publication), vol. 29, 1924. (The piece it occurs in seems to have been republished (?) in a 1969 issue, too.)"

And in your Jan 17th 03:26 AM post you wrote "A 1969 issue of _Spin_ quotes part of the song. I am only seeing it in snippet view."

Did you mean The Crisis magazine in that latter post? According to its Wikipedia page, Spin music magazine was founded in 1985.

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Also, inspired by this post, I plan to publish a post on my Pancocojams cultural blog that will feature videos of & lyrics for the R&B song "Shake A Tail Feather". That song was first recorded by the African American group The Five Du-Tones in 1963 as has been convered by lots of singers and featured in several movies. A Hip Hop song with a similar title "Shake Ya TailFeather" was recoded in 2003 & actually won a Grammy [shaking my head in dismay]. I plan to refer to this record song but not showcase it in that post.

I'll include a link to this Mudcat thread in my post as well as two lyric excerpts from your comments as a means of pointing out how long the custom has been to refer to folks "shaking their tails" in songs, although I think it's unlikely that the composers of that 1963 song knew any of the Sea Shanties that are mentioned in this post.


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