2. The Watusi
The Watusi, or the Wah-Watusi, is next on our list. The dance comes from a song performed by The Orlons, a vocal quartet from Philadelphia. That song, “The Wah-Watusi,” debuted in 1962 and stayed on the Hot 100 charts for 14 weeks, peaking at the number two spot. Two other versions of the song also peaked on the charts. In 1963, dance craze master Chubby Checker’s rendition appeared on the Hot 100, as did Smokey Robinson and the Miracles’. The song was also covered by Annette Funicello, the Isley Brothers, and The Vibrations. In the following clip, you’ll see The Lennon Sisters, Norma Zimmer, Larry Hooper and Russ Klein perform the dance and the song on an episode of the Lawrence Welk Show from 1962!