I always felt that there was more to it than just the fact that two people had the same name. I can’t believe that it’s taken me this long to make such a bold claim, but with the upcoming release of Can Can Dance: Volume 1 I hope to get people talking about the history behind the title’s title and get the discussion started.
If I had to sum up Can Can Dance’s origins in three words, they’d be: A-TIL-IT. “A-TIL” is short for “As-Tin-Laid,” the term coined that made the first appearance of “Can Can Dance.”
While many believe the song was born out of a desire to break the taboo associated with female lead roles in musicals, this song didn’t become a mainstream success until after the late ’50s and the early ’60s, so we can’t pinpoint its origins, but there are many clues that show that it wasn’t really until after that time that Can Can Dance became a top 50 hit…
Here’s a bit of trivia for you:
According to The New Yorker, the first time Can Can Dance came to Billboard charts was on October 29, 1965.
However, it wasn’t until May 12, 1966 that Can Can Dance got a Billboard No. 1 hit.
The song was #30 on Pop Chart in August of 1967.
During 1967, Can Can Dance was a “No. 2 pop hit” and a No. 8 pop record, so it seems like they had a lot of staying power, even with a new hit record.
But, the first success Can Can Dance ever had was their debut on a television program, C’mon Man!, at the age of 14. “Can Can Dance” became a familiar soundtrack to the show’s early seasons, and its popularity helped sell a lot of records.
After this first success, there was plenty of time for their fame to fall off, and by 1969, Can Can Dance’s status had gone from “hottest new band” to “trendiest rock group.”
So what led to their fall from grace? Is it their new style of dance? Their penchant for dancing on the front steps of buildings in order to imitate the dance of the townspeople? Or are these questions too easy?
A lot of Can Can Dance fans were probably wondering, what caused their downfall? Here’s my theory:
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