Robert J. Byrd, also known as Bobby Day, composed this iconic rock and roll piece and recorded it in 1957. Later that year, Thurston Harris’ cover would reach #6 on the Billboard charts. It has been covered by artists as diverse as Frankie Lymon, the Jackson 5 and Aaron Carter. James L. King III’s intermediate arrangement includes fingersnaps where the handclaps are normally found and offers a blues-scale based solo near the end. (Bobby Day’s original recording has a guitar solo near the end of the piece.)
Lyrics and chords are included.
Key: F Major
Mood: fun, happy, upbeat
Pedagogy: syncopation, swing rhythm, staccato, playing with sound effects (finger snaps), blues scales, chord progressions.