Dance the Bop!

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Dance the Bop!
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Studio album by Ray Conniff
Released 1957 (1957)
Genre Rock 'n' roll
Ray Conniff chronology
'S Wonderful
Dance the Bop!
'S Marvelous

Dance the Bop! is a 1957 album by Ray Conniff. All the tracks were written by Conniff with a "solid rock and roll beat" to appeal to the teenage audience of the time. The album was produced in February, 1957. Released by Columbia Records, the album was an attempt by the company to cash in on the teen dance craze.

Conniff himself never liked this album and felt under pressure by producer and a&r chief Mitch Miller to record it. He once stated in an interview with German television "We should have burnt the tapes". Miller thought that the "new dance" Bop (which has nothing in common with the jazz style of the same name) was on the way to the top at that time while Conniff was afraid of killing his new sound concept (instrumentally singing voices doubling instruments) which he started off with in the late 1956 by releasing his album 'S Wonderful. After the Bop album he returned to this sound which turned out to be a worldwide success in the late 50's and early 60's.

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Track listing[edit]

  1. Walkin' the Bop
  2. The Drop
  3. Just Boppin'
  4. Doin' the Twister
  5. The Flea Hop
  6. Cross Over
  7. Walkin' the Bop Again
  8. Swingin' the Bop
  9. Hand Around
  10. Play a Guitar Solo
  11. The Spinner
  12. Honky-Tonk Rock-Around


  1. ^ "The Billboard's Weekly Packaged Records Buying Guide". The Billboard. 69 (18): 32. April 29, 1957. 
  2. ^ "What's New in Records". Redbook: The Magazine for Young Adults. Redbook Publishing Company. 110: 108. November 1957. His latest, Dance the Bop! is not named for bop music, but for a teen-age dance craze, for which he provides a program dominated by the heavy accents of rock 'n' roll 
  3. ^ Down Beat. Maher Publications. 24: 21. 1957. Heaven help us! It's Dance the Bop! (Columbia CL 1004), a collection of 12 rock 'n' roll types of tunes, complete with echo chambers, vocal chorus yammerings, instruments that sound like kazoos, hard-toned tenors, and the backbeat as regular as a headachethrob  Missing or empty |title= (help)