By the late 1950s and into the 1960s, dance crazes were sweeping the nation. It seemed that a new dance would be invented every other week. Dances like The Stroll, The Twist, The Mashed Potato, The Hand Jive, The Hully Gully, The Hucklebuck, The Swim, The Fly, The Madison (which combined many steps into one line dance) and the list goes on. In the same light, many musicians of that time period released music in the hopes that their recordings would spark a new dance sensation thus catapulting their originals onto the top of the music charts. Many did just that from Fats Domino to Chubby Checkers to the Temptations and other vocal harmony groups.
Dion DiMucci released the tune The Majestic in 1961 as a single with hopes of sparking a new dance sensation. But remarkably it was the B Side of the 45 record that garnished the most attention. “The Wanderer” became a Top 10 while The Majestic never achieved nearly that level of popularity. Still, Dion performed it in the 1961 film Twist Around The Clock. It became a favorite of ours more recently when we discovered the tune around 2000.
choreography by Paolo Pasta Lanna