Saturday, March 9, 2013

Wima way Wima way

Or, "Hey, hey, bum di da di da di da di".  Or even "Dum Dum Dum Dum Dum, dumbe doodi".  Or, reaching back a bit farther, "Hey nonny ding dong, alang alang alang, Boom ba-doh, ba-doo ba-doodle-ay".  Do you recognize these opening lines?  The wave of baby boomers who are moving into retirement communities do.  They were the vanguard of the back seat burners, the sock knockers of the late 50's.  They were the songs we heard as we entered  puberty.  We jitterbugged our way through school in the acoustical age of bee bop.  For those who can't make out the songs, the Tokens' "The Lion Sleeps tonight" starts with the "wima way" line.  Dion and the Belmonts opened their barn burner, "Keep Away from Runaround Sue" with "Hey Hey bum di da...".  Easy to recognize is the "Dum Dum Dum Dum Dum..." from the Del-Vikings "Come and Go With Me", "wah wah wah wah". And one of the earliest, by the Crew Cuts, "ShaBoom" with the lyrical " Hey nonny ding dong..".  Armed with this information, click onto YouTube and enjoy a walk down memory lane.  Whee ah mum ah way to you.
Here's my favorite:

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