Sad Times Indeed - Famous Songwriter Passed Away

Discussion in 'TM Lounge' started by Cheechoo, Nov 21, 2003.

  1. Cheechoo

    Cheechoo New Friend

    Oct 31, 2003
    SF Bay Area
    With all the violence and trauma in world news lately, it is worth reflecting on the death of a very important songwriter which almost went unnoticed last week: Larry LaPrise, the man who wrote the song "The Hokey Pokey," died peacefully at age 93 at his home in Illinois.

    The most traumatic part for his family was getting him into the coffin.

    They put his left leg in -- and then the trouble started.
  2. Mikey

    Mikey Forte User

    Oct 24, 2003
    Ba-Dum, Crash!

    That was good, but still sad...................

  3. Skip

    Skip Piano User

    Oct 26, 2003
    He must have been a cat with nine lives. I've heard that one several times over the last 2 years. Still funny.
  4. Cheechoo

    Cheechoo New Friend

    Oct 31, 2003
    SF Bay Area
    OK, I was the victim of a fraud...didn't know this had been going around for years. Below is a CNN article from 1996, so now we know the rest of the story.

    Creator of 'The Hokey Pokey' dies

    (CNN) -- Every child in America, and almost every adult, knows the Hokey Pokey. You just put your right foot in and put your right foot out to perform one of the best-known circle dances in American history.

    Its popularity belies its age, and conceals its author. The man who wrote the song, Larry LaPrise, died last week at 83 in Boise, Idaho.

    He wrote the tune for the Sun Valley, Idaho, ski crowd in the late 1940s, but it took a recording by big band leader Ray Anthony to make the Hokey Pokey a nationwide phenomenon. (It appeared on the B side of the "Bunny Hop" single.)

    LaPrise didn't receive royalties for the song until the 1960s, when its rights were purchased by country star Roy Acuff's publishing company.

    In recent years, LaPrise worked in the post office in Ketchum, Idaho. Children often wrote him notes addressed to "The Hokey Pokey Man."

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