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Johnny Hamp's Kentucky Serenaders


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"Birth of a Dance Craze"


This recording was made by Johnny Hamp and his Kentucky Serenaders in 1926. It quickly became their biggest hit and (as one of the most popular recordings of the song) was largely responsible for the ensuing Black Bottom dance craze of the mid 1920's.

The Black Bottom dance originated in New Orleans sometime after 1900 and was first published by pianist Perry Bradford in 1919. It originating from one of his earlier dance compositions called "Jacksonville Rounders' Dance" printed in 1907. The theatrical show "Dinah" brought the Black Bottom dance to New York in 1924. From 1926 through 1927 another show "George White's Scandals" was featured at the Apollo Theater in Harlem where the "Black Bottom" was introduced by Ann Pennington. The 'new' dance became a sensation igniting a National craze and eventually overtaking the Charleston in popularity.

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