Let's Turkey Trot

Little Eva

About Let's Turkey Trot

Let's Turkey Trot is a popular song written by Gerry Goffin and Jack Keller. Some sources, including the original 45 LP have incorrectly credited the music to Carole King (King was Goffin's wife and usual songwriting partner but had no hand in this song). It was recorded by Little Eva and was released as her third single for the Dimension label. The Little Eva's recording debuted on the charts on February 2, 1963, and peaked at #20 on the Hot 100. It was her third top 40 record. The record features girl group The Cookies on background vocals, with the Cookies' lead Earl-Jean McCrea getting some solo lines. The song's title is a reference to the turkey trot dance step, a step that was only briefly popular fifty years before the song was released; the song is played at a tempo much slower than the one used for the dance in its heyday. Little Eva's "Let's Turkey Trot" was used in the film Easy Rider, but it was omitted from the soundtrack album. The song was covered by Jan & Dean on their 1963 album, Jan & Dean take Linda Surfin. 


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Come on let's turkey trot
Let's get it while its hot
This dance is really fine
{it shouldn't take much time} ?
My grandmother taught this dance to me
She did it at the turn of the century
Yeah yeah yeah yeah
Come on let's turkey trot

People may say your some kind of a nut
When you're lifting your knees and you start to strut
But if your really want to get out of a rut 
Do some turkey trottin' and all your cares will be forgotten

Come on let's turkey trot
Let's give it all we got
And when the dance is through
I'll trot some turkey with you

Oh we're gonna do the turkey trot again
Just like they did it back in 1910
Yeah yeah yeah yeah
Come on and turkey trot

Gobbididly gobbididly

Oh we're gonna do the turkey trot again
Just like they did it back in 1910
Yeah yeah yeah yeah
Come on and turkey trot
And give it all we got
You'll never want to stop

Come on and turkey trot

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Little Eva

Eva Narcissus Boyd (June 29, 1943 – April 10, 2003), known by the stage name of Little Eva (after a character from Uncle Tom's Cabin), was an American pop singer. more »

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10 facts about this song

Artists Behind the Song
"Let's Turkey Trot" was originally performed by American pop duo Jan & Dean in 1963. Later in the same year, it was covered by Little Eva.
Chart Performance - Little Eva version
Little Eva's version of "Let's Turkey Trot" is the most popular rendition, reaching No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on March 30, 1963.
The tune for "Let's Turkey Trot" was composed by Gerry Goffin and Carole King. Both artists are considered as one of the most successful songwriting partnerships in the history of pop music.
Historical/Cultural Reference
The song's title, "Let's Turkey Trot," refers to a type of dance that was popular in the United States during the early 20th century, especially during the ragtime era.
Album Presence - Jan & Dean version
Jan & Dean's version of the song appeared on their album "Surf City and Other Swingin' Cities," released in 1963.
Noteworthy Lyrics
The lyrics of the song are notable for being repetitive and catchy, which is common in the genre of surf rock and dance songs.
Musical Genre
The song falls under the genre of pop and surf rock, which was characterised by vocal harmonies, electric guitars, and fun, upbeat rhythms.
Chart Performance - Jan & Dean version
The song was not as successful for Jan & Dean as it was for Little Eva, failing to chart on the Billboard Hot 100.
Little Eva's Career
The success of "Let's Turkey Trot" helped to sustain Little Eva's career after her hit song "The Loco-Motion."
Jan & Dean's Career
Despite not having luck with "Let's Turkey Trot," Jan & Dean established a reputation for creating hit surf rock songs, including their top-charting song "Surf City."

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    Top Hot 100 Songs 1963

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