That’s What it’s All About

Is the song “Hokey-Pokey” really a parody of the Catholic Latin Mass?

Dale M. Brumfield
Jan 11 · 7 min read
Americans doing the Hokey-Pokey on the beach in Australia, 1953. Wikimedia Commons.

NY AMERICAN BABY-BOOMER who went to a roller-skating rink or a home birthday party in the 1960s and 70s especially remembers singing and playing a corny, almost nonsensical game called “The Hokey-Pokey.” As the instructional music played, Kids playfully followed directions as the music boomed over the…