Land of 1,000 Dances


Doug Suckow, Curtis Lee, Jessica Olson

Please upload your papers here: Chris Kenner.wps

Land of a Thousand Dances Final.docx
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The following was simply the assignment, and should only be used as a STARTING POINT, or for reference.

The following points were decided upon as a class, and are used as a basis for which to conduct research about the song. Please note, that it is expected that the students will go above and beyond the following points, and only use these as a starting point. The findings will determine what is ultimately included in the final product.

The format of the research paper is a five (or more)-paragraph essay. Papers not written in this format will be given zero credit and the student will be expected to resubmit the paper in the correct format.

Background of the song
When it was written
Purpose it served (Was it written for a specific reason? Protest? Fun? Love? etc.)
Effect on society, or how society affected it.
Lyrics - include interpretation

Who wrote it? Who performed it? If there are multiple performers, please list all. Who was the most popular? Were there different styles?
World/political events at the time.
Pictures
Trends in popular culture (clothing, movies, music, video game-like things, entertainment, etc)



Background of the song
Land of 1000 dances was written by Chris Kenner who was inspired by other songs at the time. During the 60's dance tunes where very popular with the youth at the time. So he decided to write a dance tune of his own, thus land of 1000 dances was born. Land of 1000 dances was not in the lyrics instead the lyrics were the names of popular dances at the time such as "the twist" and "the mashed potato". Land of 1000 was made popular by other artists at the time. After the Beatles started incoutaging local garage bands in 1964 a local East Los Angeles gang started preforming it. They took the name of their leader who became the lead singer for who we know them as Cannibal and the Headhunters. During one of their preformances Cannibal for got the words of the song and started singing "na na na na na na na " which is were that part came from. Only one year later Wilson Pickett preformed the song and it made it to the top 10 with his variation on it and became one of his greatist hits.

When it was written

The song was written in 1962.

Purpose it served (Was it written for a specific reason? Protest? Fun? Love? etc.)
Land of 1000 dances was written due to Kenner's inspiration, love of music, and his desire to make a dance song.

Effect on society, or how society affected it.
In the 60's the Beatles were incouraging people to start there own bands at home and in the neighborhood. A lot of starting bands choose Land of 1000 dances to play because it was easy t learn and add their own variation to. With many bands both good and bad playing the song it started to get popular.

Lyrics - include interpretation

land of a thousand dances lyrics.docx

Who wrote it? Who performed it? If there are multiple performers, please list all. Who was the most popular? Were there different styles?
Chris Kenner is the original author of Land of 1000 dances. Preformers include Fat Domino, Cannibal and the Headhunters, Rufus Thomas, Little Willie and thee Midnighters, and Wilson Pickett.

World/political events at the time.
Read the stuff i put on the 60's page


Pictures




Trends in popular culture (clothing, movies, music, video game-like things, entertainment, etc)
The 1960s didn't start out with colorful clothes. They were dully designed and looked better on older people. Then little shops called boutiques opened selling cheap and colorful clothing for younger people. During the decade, women started wearing mini skirts, leather boots and fake eyelashes. Men wore Paisley shirts, velvet trousers and high collared Regency jackets. Men also began to wear their hair long.