Hippy Hippy Shake

"Hippy Hippy Shake" is a song written and recorded by Chan Romero in 1959.[1][2] That same year, it reached No. 3 in Australia. Romero was 17 years old when he wrote the song.

"Hippy Hippy Shake"
Single by Chan Romero
GenreRock and roll
Songwriter(s)Chan Romero


The Beatles versionEdit

"The Hippy Hippy Shake"
Song by The Beatles
from the album Live at the BBC and On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2
Released30 November 1994 (Live at the BBC)
11 November 2013 (On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2)
Recorded10 July 1963 (Live at the BBC)
10 September 1963 (On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2)
GenreRock and roll
Length1:50 (Live at the BBC)
1:46 (On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2)
Songwriter(s)Chan Romero
Producer(s)Terry Henebery

A live version of "Hippy Hippy Shake" can be found on The Beatles album Live at the BBC. That version was recorded in July 1963, almost certainly pre-dating The Swinging Blue Jeans recording. The Beatles also played the song in their early days when they performed in small clubs. It is included on Live! At the Star-Club, Hamburg 1962. Another version, recorded on 10 September 1963 for "Pop Go The Beatles", can be found on On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2.[5] The Beatles also revisited the song during the sessions for the Let It Be album and film in January 1969. That version is currently unreleased but is available on various bootleg recordings.


Other cover versionsEdit

A cover version by Italian rocker Little Tony appeared in the same year and found moderate success in the UK and Italy.

"Hippy Hippy Shake"
Single by The Swinging Blue Jeans
B-side"Now I Must Go"
ReleasedDecember 1963
GenreRock and roll
LabelHMV Pop 1242 (UK)
Imperial (U.S.)
Songwriter(s)Chan Romero
The Swinging Blue Jeans singles chronology
"Do You Know"
"Hippy Hippy Shake"
"Good Golly Miss Molly"

A version by UK-based band The Swinging Blue Jeans was released in December 1963. This single reached No. 2 in the UK Singles Chart and No. 24 in the US charts in early 1964. The song became their biggest hit in both the UK and the US. With this song the Swinging Blue Jeans became one of the earliest British acts to chart in the US during the British Invasion, following The Beatles,[6] Dusty Springfield,[6] and The Dave Clark Five,[6] and debuting the same week as The Searchers.[6]

The song was covered by the glam rock band Mud in 1974, being released on their album Mud Rock which reached No. 8 in the UK Albums Chart.[7]

British garage rock musician Billy Childish and his band The Milkshakes also recorded a cover on their 1984 album 20 Rock And Roll Hits of the 50s and 60s.

The song was also covered by Davy Jones in 1987 as the B-side of his single "After Your Heart".

The band Jesse and the Rippers performed this song live at Walt Disney World in the Full House episode "The House Meets the Mouse". In 2013, Jesse and the Rippers again performed this song on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon as part of their one night only reunion.

The song was also covered by the band The Georgia Satellites in 1988. That same year, it reached the Billboard Hot 100 (No. 45) and the Mainstream Rock Chart (No. 13).

In popular cultureEdit

The song was included in the films The Men Who Stare at Goats, X-Men: First Class, Uncle Buck, and Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. The cover version by The Georgia Satellites is featured in the films Cocktail, Angels in the Outfield and It Takes Two as well as an episode of The Simpsons.

In 1979, The B-52's song "Dance This Mess Around", which featured numerous 1960s pop culture references, repeated the line, "Hippy hippy forward hippy hippy hippy hippy hippy shake", an allusion to this song.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Candelaria, Cordelia; García, Peter J.; Aldama, Arturo J. (2004). Encyclopedia of Latino popular culture. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 137. ISBN 978-0-313-33210-4. Retrieved 19 April 2011.
  2. ^ "Chan Romero Discography". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2015-11-09.
  3. ^ Ritchie Valens, Ritchie Valens in Come On. Let’s Go, Del-Fi Records, liner notes
  4. ^ "Hippy Hippy Shake by Chan Romero | 731867125123 | CD | Barnes & Noble". Barnesandnoble.com. Retrieved 2015-11-09.
  5. ^ a b "The Hippy Hippy Shake | The Beatles Bible". Beatlesbible.com. Retrieved 2016-08-28.
  6. ^ a b c d "Top 100 Songs | Billboard Hot 100 Chart". Billboard.
  7. ^ Brown, Tony, Jon Kutner & Neil Warwick, The Complete Book of the British Charts: Singles and Albums, Omnibus Press, London, 2002 p. 699