The golden oldie “Mashed Potato Time” by Dee Dee Sharp was a song that helped along the mashed potato dance craze in the early 1960s. There were quite a few songs was “mash” in the title, including “(Do the) Mashed Potatoes” by James Brown (credited due to legal issues to Nat Kendrick and the Swans), the novelty song “Monster Mash” by Bobby “Boris” Pickett, and “Mash Potato Party” by Link Wray and his Ray Men.
In 1962 Dee Dee Sharp recorded and released “Mashed Potato Time” for Cameo Parkway Records. It has fun references to songs you can do the Mashed Potato to: “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” by The Tokens, “Please Mr. Postman” by The Marvelettes, and “Dear Lady Twist” by Gary U.S. Bonds. The song went to #1 on the R&B Chart and #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. It sold more than one million copies and earned an RIAA gold record. Sharp soon followed this song with “Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes),” which also charted at #11 on R&B and #9 on Billboard Hot 100.
How do you do The Mashed Potato? Step backward with heel tilted inward, swivel the heel outward, and repeat as necessary.