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"Foot Stomping Part 1" by The Flares

R&B

Perhaps one of the forgotten golden oldies is the 1961, the song “Foot Stomping — Part 1” (aka “Foot Stompin'”) by The Flares (aka The Flairs). It went to #25 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #20 on the R&B chart. The song was also was featured in the 1988 John Waters film Hairspray. (The Part 2 of the song was an instrumental by The Ramrocks.)

As for The Flares, they were a group based in Los Angeles that formed in 1952. Over the years, they changed names (e.g., The Debonaires, The Flairs, The Peppers), record labels (e.g., Modern Records, Flair Records, Aladdin, Jan-Lar Records, Felsted), and personnel (a very long story). The lineup had lots of people coming and going, joining other groups, or going solo. At one point, the group had Richard Berry (writer “Louie Louie”) and Cornell Gunter ( The Coasters). Marv Goldberg’s R&B Notebooks says: “While Foot Stompin'” had Willie Davis, Aaron Collins, Thomas Miler, and George Hollis, from here on in, there’s no telling who’s in the group at any time.”

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Here are the lyrics to “Foot Stomping Part 1” by The Flares:

“(Boom-boom-boom-boom)
Ev’rybody young n’ old
Learns how to rock n’ roll
Listen hear, somethin’ new
Ev’rybody’s jumpin, too

(Bom-bom)
Foot stompin’, foot stompin’
Foot stompin’, foot stompin’
Foot stompin’, foot stompin’
Foot stompin’, foot stompin’
Foot stompin’… Foot-stompin’, a good time

No wondering and a-guessin’
Don’t need dancin’ lessons
Listen to the jerky beat
Shake yo’ head and stomp yo’ feet

Foot stompin’, foot stompin’
Foot stompin’, foot stompin’
Foot stompin’, foot stompin’
Foot stompin’, foot stompin’
Foot stompin’…
Foot-stompin’, a good time

People just the other day
Taught it to my sister, Mae
Bad leg, Mr. Pete
Can do the foot stompin‘, too

(Bom-bom)
Foot stompin’, foot stompin’
Foot stompin’, foot stompin’
Foot stompin’, foot stompin’
Foot stompin’, foot stompin’
Foot stompin’ … Foot-stompin’, a good time

(instrumental – guitar & sax)

(Boom-boom-boom-boom)
Meet me at the dance hall
(Yeah)
We’re gonna have a ball
Sure cure for a corn
‘Fore long, real gone

Foot stompin’, foot stompin’
Foot stompin’, foot stompin’
Foot stompin’, foot stompin’
Foot stompin’, foot stompin’
Foot stompin’ …
Foot-stompin’, a good time

Foot-stompin’
A-foot-stompin’, a good time.

(Footsteps to end fade)”

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3 Comments

  1. […] Jones.  Years later, two members, Davis and Collins, had a hit as part of The Flares with “Foot Stomping.” Ted Taylor pursued a solo soul career. Will “Dub” Jones became a member of The […]

  2. ginny white says:

    am trying to find out who played on the song thanks

    • Jane Minogue says:

      The lineup had lots of people coming and going, joining other groups, or going solo. At one point, the group had Richard Berry (writer “Louie Louie”) and Cornell Gunter ( The Coasters). Marv Goldberg’s R&B Notebooks says: “While Foot Stompin'” had Willie Davis, Aaron Collins, Thomas Miler, and George Hollis, from here on in, there’s no telling who’s in the group at any time.”

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