Ted Nugent - Land Of A Thousand Dances - Live




"Land of a Thousand Dances" (or "Land of 1000 Dances") is a song written and first recorded by Chris Kenner in 1962. The song is famous for its "na na na na na" hook, which Cannibal & the Headhunters added in their 1965 version, which reached number 30 on the Billboard chart. Thee Midniters, an American group out of East Los Angeles, was one of the first Chicano rock bands to cover "Land of a Thousand Dances", scoring a local hit in 1965. The song was also covered by Danny & the Memories, British group The Action, Ted Nugent, the J. Geils Band, and the stars of the 1980s-era World Wrestling Federation. Ike & Tina Turner often performed this song live and it was released on their 1971 album Live In Paris.


The song's best-known version was Wilson Pickett's 1966 recording, which became a Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs No. 1 and his biggest ever pop hit. Some releases of the song credit Antoine "Fats" Domino as a co-author of the song with Kenner. Domino agreed to record the song in exchange for half of the song's royalties. One of the earliest covers of the song is on Major Lance's debut album on Okeh, The Monkey Time (1963).


The "na na na na na" hook happened by accident when Frankie "Cannibal" Garcia, lead singer of Cannibal and the Headhunters, forgot the lyrics. The melody to this section was also created spontaneously, as it is not in Chris Kenner's original track.



Lyrics



One, two, three!

One, two, three!

You gotta know how to pony like Bony Maronie

Mashed Potato, do the Alligator

Put your hands on your hips, let your back-bone slip

Do the Watusi, like my little Lucy

Na, na na na na, na na na na, na na na, na na na, na na na na.

Need somebody to help me say it one time

Na, na na na na, na na na na, na na na, na na na, na na na na.

You know I feel alright.

Feel pretty good y'all.


Na, na na na na, na na na na, na na na, na na na, na na na na.

Need somebody to help me say it one time

Na, na na na na, na na na na, na na na, na na na, na na na na.

Dance with me honey, like Long Tall Sally

Twistin' with Lucy, doin the Watusi

Gotta hold of your back, I like it like that

Do the Jerk, watch me work

Ah, do it!



Songwriters: Christopher Kenner

Land of a Thousand Dances lyrics © BMG Rights Management



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