Keep on Dancing (The Gentrys song)

"Keep on Dancing" is a rock song written by Allen A. Jones, Andrew Love and Richard Shann, originally recorded by the U.S. R&B group, The Avantis (not to be confused with the surf rock band with the same name) on Argo Records in 1963, and covered by The Gentrys in 1965.[2] The song was also covered by The Bay City Rollers in 1971.

"Keep on Dancing"
Single by The Gentrys
from the album Keep on Dancing
B-side"Make Up Your Mind"
Released28 August 1965 (U.S.)
GenreGarage rock
MGM 13379
Songwriter(s)Allen A. Jones, Andrew Love, Richard Shann [1]
The Gentrys singles chronology
"Keep on Dancing"
"Little Drops of Water"

The Gentrys' version was first released on Youngstown 601 in 1965, but was soon nationally distributed by MGM Records.[3] "Keep on Dancing" reached #4 in 1965 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for two weeks. It reached #5 on Cashbox for two weeks. It stayed on the Hot 100 for 13 weeks and Cashbox for 14 weeks.[3][4] It surpassed a million copies in sales after leaving the charts.[1]

"Keep on Dancing" is notable for the fact that it is actually one short recording repeated in order to stretch the record out to the length of the typical pop single of its day. The second part of the song (after the false fade, beginning with Gentrys drummer Larry Wall's drum fill) is the same as the first.[5] Although the Gentrys usually had Jimmy Hart and Bruce Bowles as singers, the band's guitarist, Larry Raspberry, sang lead vocals on the song.[6]

The Bay City Rollers covered the song and their version charted at #9 in the UK in 1971.[7]


Chart (1965) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 4
US Cashbox Top 100[4] 5


  1. ^ a b Murrells, Joseph (1984). Million Selling Records from the 1900s to the 1980s: An Illustrated Directory (2nd ed.). New York: Arco Publishing Inc. p. 207. ISBN 0-668-06459-5.
  2. ^ Who Sampled "Keep on Dancing" (must click on "cover" and enter title)
  3. ^ a b c Whitburn, Joel (1997). Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles. Menomonee Falls, WI: Record Research Inc. p. 240. ISBN 0-89820-122-5.
  4. ^ a b Hoffmann, Frank (1983). The Cash Box Singles Charts, 1950-1981. Metuchen, NJ & London: The Scarecrow Press, Inc. p. 240.
  5. ^ "Keep on Dancing". YouTube. 2007-09-12. Retrieved 2012-03-31.
  6. ^ "Larry Raspberry". 2006-10-28. Retrieved 2012-03-31.
  7. ^ "Bay City Rollers - Keep On Dancing (Vinyl)". Retrieved 2016-09-29.

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