In the early sixties, the Dance Craze was everywhere. I would have been in my early twenties. Nearly every month there would be a new dance coming out [and different moves for each one]. To be exact, I was 22 when a group from Philadelphia, joined the Dance Craze…
1. Pop Pop Pop – Pie/ Guyden 2068/ November 1962/ #35
Sisters Delphine and Dinell Cook originally formed The Sherrys with Tammi Terrell, who was later replaced by cousin Charlotte Butler and friend Dolores “Honey” Wylie. The four girl group would eventually end up as three, with the two sisters and Dolores.
In 1962, writers/producers Johnny Madara and Dave White had been scouting around for a good girl group for several months when a business partner, Aram Boornazian, brought in the three Philly girls, who he had happened to hear harmonizing at a neighbourhood school dance. Aram knew that Johnny and Dave had written a number called “Pop Pop Pop-Pie“, written for the popular dance, The Pop-Pie, which they felt was sure-fire hit material. All they needed was the right group to sing it.
One listen to Delphine, Dinell and Dolores and they knew they had what they were looking for. Without hesitation the girls were signed to Guyden Records and named “The Sherrys”. The song was recorded, released, and immediately became a national hit, going to #35 on the Pop charts and #25 on the R&B charts.
Several other songs hit the charts as well, including “Saturday Night” and “Slop Time.” What followed was a dance album, “At The Hop With The Sherrys,” which featured all the popular dances of the past several years. The album played around the world and the girls toured Europe.