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Willie And The Hand Jive
Johnny Otis Lyrics

I know a cat named Way-Out Willie
He got a cool little chick named Rockin' Billie
Do you walk and stroll with Susie Q
And do that crazy hand jive too?

Papa told Willie "you'll ruin my home
You and that hand jive has got to go"
Willie said "papa, don't put me down
Been doin' that hand jive all over town"

Hand jive, hand jive
Hand jive, doin' that crazy hand jive

Mama, mama, look at uncle Joe, look at him
He's doin' that hand jive with sister Flo
Even gave baby sister a dime, hey, hey
Said "do that hand jive one more time"

Well, a doctor and a lawyer and a indian chief
They all dig that crazy beat
Way-Out Willie gave them all a treat, yeah
When he did the hand jive with his feet

Hand jive, hand jive
Hand jive, doin' that crazy hand jive, hey, hey
Come on, sugar, yeah!

Well, Willie and Billie got married last fall
They had a little Willie Junior and that ain't all
You know that baby got greatness and it's plain to see, hey, hey
Doin' that hand jive on T.V., come on

Hand jive, hand jive
(Why don't you) hand jive, doin' that crazy hand jive

Hey, hey, well
Yeah, yeah

Lyrics Β© BMG Rights Management
Written by: JOHNNY OTIS

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I was 16 when this came out, and it was the first rock 'n roll song that "blew me away". And it's still in the TOP 5 of my all time favorite songs, and I'll be 80 in July 2022.


@John Tittensor Thanks for the birthday wishes (Friday the 22nd). Hard to believe I'll be 80, and my health is still pretty good. I'm watching the British Open right now -- I follow the Norwegian "kid" Viktor Hovland (he's 24). He's ranked about 8th or 9th in the world golf rankings.

John Tittensor

Yo 23tBob! Same timing, I was 15 in Australia, found myself doing the song with cover bands in France decades later. Happy Birthday! John T


The tone on that guitar is other worldly!!! No way you could reproduce that sound today!!! That's vintage 50's gear!!

james T. Byrnes

The great Jimmy Nolen on guitar, Earl Palmer on drums.

Truth Triumphant

Love this song!! Just found out about Johnny Otis! Very talented!

Linda Claudine

This is from the 1959 film, β€œJuke Box Rhythm,” and features the swing dance couple, Gil & Nikki Brady. There’s also a version from The Johnny Otis Show (1958) with Marie Adams and Three Tons of Joy demonstrating how to do the hand jive, using the basic movements I remember learning. Good stuff!

I love My Dog

I woke up with this song in my head. Good knows how. I have only heard this song a few times and I was born in 1975 Long after the song came out. Yeah I know I’m weirdπŸ€ͺ😜

Dale Swift

I also woke up with it in my head…

John Patterson

Nothing wrong with liking the roots of rock&roll.

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