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just Lisa
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This is what I got from a friend:

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With all the sadness and trauma going on in the world at the moment, it's worth reflecting on the death of a very important person which almost went unnoticed last week.

Larry LaPrise, the man who wrote "The Hokey Pokey", died peacefully at age 93. The most traumatic part for his family was getting him into the coffin. They put his left leg in. And then the trouble started.

HUSH UP. You know it's funny.

So I did some snooping, and found the CNN News Brief

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April 11, 1996
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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."

It is interesting to see how someone tried to update his age, albeit incorrectly.

Edited to add some more background from NationMaster Encyclopedia

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Larry LaPrise (Roland L. LaPrise) (Born: 11 November 1912 Detroit Michigan Died: 4 April 1996 Gooding Idaho)was the writer of the Hokey Pokey.

LaPrise wrote the song in the late 1940's for an aprise-ski club in Sun Valley Idaho. The song was first recorded by his group the Ram Trio (with Charles Macak and Tafit Baker) in 1949. They were awarded US copyright in 1950.

After the group broke up in the 1960s, LaPrise worked for the Post Office in Ketchum.

The authorship of the Hokey-Pokey is disputed, with Jimmy Kennedy claiming to have written the original entitled Cokey-Cokey, or Hokey-Cokey, or Okey-Cokey during WWII. Robert Degan sued LaPrise for copyright infringement of his 1946 The Hokey-Pokey Dance. They settled out of court.

Some scholars attribute the origin to the Shaker song Hinkum-Booby which had similar lyrics and was published in Edward Deming's A gift to be simple in 1940: "I put my right hand in, I put my right hand out, I give my right hand a shake, And I turn it all about."



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I have to say, even as a kid, I HATED the hokey-pokey. Give me Red Rover any day.

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Richard W
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It's normally called the Hokey-Cokey in the UK. Which may or may not add to the credibility of LaPrise's rival Kennedy.
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When I went to college at Virginia Tech it was 'The Hokie Pokie' (after our nickname, The Hokies) and the only way to do it was completely wasted. [Wink]

This was an obit in our on-line sports magazine (kind of amusing & has the anonymous e-mail from the OP):

Wide Right: The Brilliance of Larry LaPrise

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Jay Temple
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He had a lovely funeral. They put his left foot in; they took his left foot out. They put his left foot in; they took his left foot out ...

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I've been telling that joke since he died.

As for the Hokey Pokey...best on roller skates.

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I heard it on Liquid NEws on BBC Prime. But I don't don't how Original it was at that point.

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