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SONG #12: HAND JIVIN'
FLAVOR: STREET RHYTHM

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JOHNNY OTIS & THE HAND JIVE

Johnny Otis wrote this song and it was a big hit for LITTLE WILLIE JOHN. In this version, however, you can see one pattern of hand jivin'. The song also has the Bo Diddley beat and maracas.



SPECIAL VOCABULARY WORD: JIVE

“Jive” can refer to teasing and fooling someone as in "You're jiving me." In this song, it refers to swing music -- a style of music mainly from the 1930s with strong, flowing rhythms. This music made you want to "swing" -- go back and forth, move to and fro. In other words, it made you want to dance. A dance called the jitterbug was also called the jive.