Jump in the Line (Shake, Senora)

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"Jump in the Line (Shake, Señora)" is a calypso song sung by Harry Belafonte and composed by Lord Kitchener.

"Jump in the Line (Shake, Señora)"
Song by Harry Belafonte
from the album Jump Up Calypso
ReleasedNovember 17, 1961
LabelRCA Victor
Songwriter(s)Lord Kitchener
Producer(s)Bob Bollard
Audio sample
"Jump in the Line"

Later renditionsEdit

Woody Herman and his Third Herd recorded Kitchener's song in 1952 for Mars Records; Herman's band recorded it live that same year with the title "Jump in Line." Lord Invader released a cover of the song on the Folkways Label in 1955, titled "Labor Day (Jump in the Line)".[1] His rendition reached mento star Lord Flea, who in turn recorded a version based on Lord Invader's interpretation.[1] It was released in August 1, 1958, by Capitol Records.

Flea's version inspired Harry Belafonte, who released his own take on November 17, 1961 (credited to his pseudonym Raymond Bell on the disc label). It was included on the album Jump Up Calypso, and was later recorded by Lord Fly[2] and Joseph Spence in 1958.[3]

Perhaps its most memorable appearance is in the 1988 Tim Burton comedy horror film Beetlejuice during the climax. This occurrence would later resurface in the Broadway musical stage adaptation in 2019 as the finale.

In 1998, the song was covered by American swing band the Cherry Poppin' Daddies for the soundtrack to David Zucker's comedy film BASEketball. A decade later, the song was performed by Samuel E. Wright, Kevin Michael Richardson, Rob Paulsen, Jim Cummings, Alvin Chea, Oren Waters, Rick Logan and Chris Garcia in The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning. The song was sampled by Pitbull as "Shake Señora" off the 2011 album Planet Pit. That same year, a 2004 recording of the song by Karl Zero and The Wailers (released on Zero's album, HiFi Calypso) was used in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules. The track appears in Just Dance 2 from its original artist, when it later became DLC in Just Dance 3, the track was covered by The Sunlight Shakers. Also this song was featured in Uncle Dane's return video Impractical Engineering.

The song inspired the 1962 Gary U.S. Bonds hit single "Twist, Twist Senora".

In 2009, in season 8 of Dancing with the Stars, Steve Wozniak and Karina Smirnoff danced a Samba with this song, that got a 10 out of 30, the second lowest score in the history of the show. It was the only dance that got 3s or less and was not the celebrity's final dance. Other celebrities and professionals danced a Samba to this song in other seasons, such as Ricki Lake in 2011 who got a 30.


  1. ^ a b Santiwah (August 6, 2011). "Jump in the line (Shake Señora): Lord Kitchener". Trinizagada. Archived from the original on May 12, 2014. Retrieved April 16, 2013.
  2. ^ "'The King of Calypso' Meet Lord Fly". mentomusic.com. Retrieved August 12, 2008.
  3. ^ "Joseph Spence: The Complete Folkways Recordings". Smithsonian Global Sound. Archived from the original on September 21, 2008. Retrieved August 12, 2008.

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