The Stroll (2:29)

Cover of The Ultimate Sixties Collection

From The Ultimate Sixties Collection and 137 other releases

The Stroll was both a slow rock ‘n’ roll dance[1] and a song that was popular in late 1950s. [2]

Billboard first reported that “The Stroll” may herald a new dance craze similar to the “Big Apple” in December 1957.[3] [4] “The Stroll” was written by Clyde Otis and Nancy Lee and was recorded by the Canadian group The Diamonds (Mercury 71242).[5][6]

The original version of the song reached number four on the Billboard pop charts, number five on the R&B charts,[7] and number one on the Cashbox charts.[8]

In the dance, two lines of dancers, men on one side and women on the other, face each other, moving in place to the music. Each paired couple then steps out and does a more elaborate dance up and down between the rows of dancers.[9] Dick Clark noted the similarity of the dance to the Virginia reel.[10]

It was first performed to “C. C. Rider” by Chuck Willis on American Bandstand. Link Wray’s “Rumble” was also a popular tune for doing the Stroll.

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