1962 was a year of dance crazes, and the Sherrys shimmied them all, even scoring their own dancefloor hit with “Pop Pop Pop-Pie,” honoring the Popeye (assume muscle flex, eat spinach). The group was organized by Joe Cook of Little Joe and the Thrillers (“Peanuts”), who enlisted his daughters, Delphine and Dinell, along with their friend Delores “Honey” Wylie, which made for a winning combination. When Johnny Madara and Dave White, writers of “At The Hop,” went looking for a girl-group to chirp their hoped for smash, the Sherrys – in the mode of the similarly local Orlons – were ready, willing and able to wiggle along. The conceptual follow-up album took on the Slop, the Mashed Potatoes, the Stomp, the Bristol Twist, the Fly, and even updated the Cha Cha. What, no Pony?
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