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Streetswings Dance History Archives: Huckle Buck Dance
The Hucklebuck Dance

            The Hucklebuck (aka: Huckle-Buck, Huckle Buck) dance is considered a Risque, sexual type of dance which had its hey-day during the late 1940s early 1950s but goes back to the early 1900's. It is also a slang term for a sexual position. Paul 'Mr. Hucklebuck' Williams (1915-2012) recorded "The Hucklebuck," which was an important precursor to Rock and Roll music went on to become a super-smash hit in 1949. His version is said to be an adaptation of Charley Parker's "Now's The Time".

    Basically the dance has a double point with the feet to the side on each side (4 counts) then a lift & twist of the leg and a small kick, then a shimmy, hip gyration, (Arch your back, Wiggle Like A duck, Shake your sacrolliac) etc. see some of the videos

 to get the idea. The dance could get very sexual in nature when done as s couple dance with the male dancing behind the female, one hand on her waist or hip and the other on her shoulder, gyrating the hips in unison or with shocking variations such as when the female dancers would lay down on their backs and the male dancers would stand over the center of her, slowly doing hip gyrations, hip rolling, wiggling dance movements, slowly working their way over and past the females head. Due to TV censors I doubt there will be any real versions of this dance shown. There is a popular version today called "freak" dancing which uses the back to front idea of this dance.

    Line dancers have made a few Line dance variations of the song/dance as well.

Birth Place

Creation Date

Creator

Dance Type

?Harlem? ?1920s?   Fad, Risque
 

Posters, Lobby Cards etc.

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n/a The Huckle-Buck (1949 Paul Williams)   n/a
      The Hucklebuck (Sinatra-1949)    
           
               
               
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Music Tites and clips

Video Clip not available at this time D'Natural Blues (1928 Andy Gibson) Video Clip not available at this time Happy Vacation Hucklebuck
Video Clip not available at this time Da Hucklebuck (Seanchai) Video Clip not available at this time Honky Tonk Huckle Buck (James Spurrill)
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Do the Huckle Buck (Bill Black Combo - Twist Version)
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How to do the Hucklebuck remix (Chick Willis) original cover version
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Do The Hucklebuck (Buck Clayton) 1953
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Huckle Boogie (Paul 'Hucklebuck' Williams)
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Do the Hucklebuck (Canned Heat)
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Hucklebuck (Benny Goodman) 1949
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Do the Hucklebuck (Chicks, the) 1961
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Hucklebuck (Bo Diddley)
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Do the Hucklebuck (Chubby Checker)
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Hucklebuck (Pinetop Perkins)
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Do the Hucklebuck (Coast to Coast)
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Hucklebuck Baby (Jimmy Preston)
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Do the Hucklebuck (Frank Sinatra)
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Hucklebuck Boogie (Ruud van Ingen)
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Do The Hucklebuck (Hugo Strasser) 1981 Video Clip not available at this time Hucklebuck Daddy (Jimmy Preston) (Troubled Three Clip)
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Do the Hucklebuck (King Curtis) 1961 Video Clip not available at this time Hucklebuck Is Back, the (Lacey)
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Do the Hucklebuck (Lionel Hampton) Video Clip not available at this time Hucklebuck/ Now's the Time (Dupree)
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Do the Hucklebuck (Lisa Del Bo)
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Hucklebuck Twist (Oliver Sain)
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Do The Hucklebuck (Louis Armstrong) 1951
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Hucklebuck with Jimmy (Five Keys)
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Do The Hucklebuck (Panama Francis) 1960
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Hucklebuck (with me) (Otis Redding)
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Do The Hucklebuck (Paul 'Hucklebuck' Williams) 1949 Video Clip not available at this time Hucklebuck With Willie (Little Willie)
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Do The Hucklebuck (Pearl Bailey)
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Huckle-buck Women (Ralph Soul Jackson)
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Do The Hucklebuck (Tito Burns) 1948?
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Italian Hucklebuck (Lou Monte)
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Do The Hucklebuck (Tommy Dorsey) Video Clip not available at this time Now's the Time (1945 Charlie Parker)
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Don't Lose Your Hucklebuck Shoes (Boyer) Video Clip not available at this time Pass The Buck (Williams)
 

Night Clubs

Theaters

Television

  n/a 1952 - Alan Freed's Moondog Coronation Ball
            1956 - The Honeymooners
            ... American Bandstand, Shindig, Hullabaloo etc.
 
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Films / Movies

Ballets / Stage

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1949 - Burlesque in Harlem - Dr. JO JO Williams (I Like To Hucklbuck) n/a
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Television

Publications

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The Honeymooners (Norton teaches Ralph how to dance) n/a
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The Late Late Show (Derek of Crystal Swing)      
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The Lawrence Welk Show (Bob Lido and Aladdin)      
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Top of the Pops 1981 - (Coast to Coast)      
         
 

Other Related Dances of the time...

Dirty Dancing Slow Drag      
Freak Dance Snake Hips      
Grind, the Strut, the      
Shimmy        
 

Dancers, Choreographers etc.

Political

Jackie Gleason Robert & Regina Padden (48 count Line Dance) n/a
Velma Middleton    
 

Books, Magazine Articles on the dance...

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Author

Date Published

Publisher

$ Jazz Dance: The Story of American ... Stearns, Marshall 1994 Da Capo Press
       
 

Musicians / Bands

Singers

Poets / Writers

Buck Clayton Annette Funicello n/a
Clifton Chenier Bo Diddley  
Coast to Coast Chubby Checker  
Count Basie Hot Lips Page  
Doc Severinsen Kate Smith  
Freddie Bell & The Bellboys Kay Starr    
Jimmy Liggins Frank Sinatra    
Jimmy Preston Georgia Gibbs    
Johnny and the Hurricanes Pearl Bailey    
King Curtis Velma Middleton    
Lou Monte      
Louis Armstrong  

Links

Lucky Millinder   WFMU Site
Orin 'Hot Lips' Page      
Paul "Hucklebuck" Williams & his Hucklebuckers      
Radiators from Space      
Ray Baretto      
Roy Milton      
Sammy Kaye      
Tommy Dorsey      
Tommy & Twisters      
Toppers, The      
Xavier Cugat      
 

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... Hucklebuck Song Lyrics

  • Ah here's a dance you should know,
  • Ah baby when the lights are down low,
  • I say grab your baby then go,If you don't know how to do it man you're out of luck,
  • Push ya baby out then you hunch her back,
  • Start a little movement in your sacrolliac,
  • Wiggle like a stick wobble like a duck,
  • That's what you do when you do the Hucklebuck, Oh - Workout, Ah here's a dance you should know,
  • Ah baby when the lights are down low,
  • Ah won't ya grab ya baby then go,
  • A little bit of Twist a little bit of this,
  • And if you don't know how to do it ask my little sis,
  • Push your partner out then you hunch her back,
  • Start a little movement in your sacrolliac,
  • Wiggle like a stick wobble like a duck,
  • That's what you do when you do the Hucklebuck, Oh - Move, A little bit of Twist a little bit of this,
  • And if you don't know how to do it ask my little sis,
  • Push your partner out then you hunch her back,
  • Start a little movement in your sacrolliac,
  • Wiggle like a stick wobble like a duck,
  • That's what you do when you do the Hucklebuck, (Fadeout)
  • Here's a dance you should know,
  • ya ya ya ya when when the lights are down.....