The Story of ‘Harlem Shuffle’

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The Rolling Stones’ 1986 hit “Harlem Shuffle” was first recorded by Bob & Earl, an R&B duo whose version rose to number 44 on the charts in 1963. The song’s roots are not uptown in New York City; instead, the dance was born 3,000 miles away in Los Angeles.

The story begins in the late 1950s, when Bobby Day and Earl Nelson were members of the doo wop group the Hollywood Flames. Nelson sang lead on the Flames’…

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