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From: "Jerry & Christine Kosturko" <>
Subject: Re: [OEL] [OE] Hokey Pokey
Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2001 09:56:42 -0500
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Found this from a Google search:

April 13, 1996

Creator of 'The Hokey Pokey' dies
Associated Press

Every schoolchild in America knows the Hokey Pokey. You put your right
foot in, you put your right foot out, you put your right foot in ...
well, you know what it's all about.
What you might not know is who wrote the song. Larry LaPrise, aka The
Hokey Pokey Man, died last week at age 83 in Boise, Idaho, after a
career that brought him no fame, modest fortune, and a job with the
Postal Service.

That's right. Someone actually wrote "The Hokey Pokey."

For many baby boomers and their children, the Hokey Pokey is simply
part of the national legacy, right up there with Mother Goose and

The Hokey Pokey, it turns out, isn't so old after all.

LaPrise, a Detroit native whose full name was Roland Lawrence LaPrise,
concocted the song along with two fellow musicians in the late 1940s
for the apres ski crowd at a nightclub in Sun Valley, Idaho. The
group, the Ram Trio, recorded the song in 1949.

In 1953, bandleader Ray Anthony bought the rights and recorded "The
Hokey Pokey" on the B-side of another novelty record, "The Bunny Hop."

"Everybody was doing the 'Bunny Hop' before long, which meant that
everybody was doing 'The Hokey Pokey,"' observed LaPrise's daughter,
Linda Ruby.

There followed a steady succession of recordings.

After the Ram Trio disbanded in the 1960s, LaPrise, by then a father
of six, went to work for the post office in Ketchum. At about the same
time, country star Roy Acuff's publishing company bought the rights to
the Hokey Pokey.

Christine in Connecticut
(who has yet to go to a wedding where the Hokey Pokey isn't done!)

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