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The hoochie coochie is a catch-all term to describe any of a number of sexually provocative belly dance-like dances. Such dances, or something similar, were performed at the Crystal Palace Exhibition in London in 1851, the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876, and the World's Fair in Paris in 1889. Although such dances became wildly popular in the United States during the Chicago World's Fair in 1893, there is no evidence of them being known by the name, "Coochie Coochie" until about a year after the fair closed, and "Hoochie Coochie" about a year later. Before, during and immediately after the fair, these dances were frequently called, "Mussel dance," "stomach dance," danse du ventre and sometimes, "Kouta Kouta." The transition from "kouta kouta" to "coochie coochie," and later, "hoochie coochie," may have been influenced by the expressions, "hoochy, coochy, coochy," "kutchy, kutchy," or "kutchy, kutchy coo," which were found in popular song lyrics from the 1860s and the 1880s.


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Described by the New York Journal in 1893 as "Neither dancing of the head nor the feet", it was a dance performed by women of, or presented as having, Middle-Eastern or Eastern European Gypsy heritage, often as part of traveling sideshows.

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The hoochie coochie replaced the much older can-can as the ribald dance of choice in New York dance halls by the 1890s.

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Since the dance was performed by women, female impersonators or drag queens, a goochie man, or Hoochie Coochie Man, either watched them or ran the show. Alternatively, from the directly sexual meaning of goochie goochie, he was successful with women. This inspired the classic blues song "Hoochie Coochie Man", written by Willie Dixon for Muddy Waters, and covered by numerous musicians since. The dance was still popular at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition: the World's Fair of 1904, but had all but disappeared by the Second World War; the song was therefore harking back to an earlier "golden" era.


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  • In the 1929 Mickey Mouse cartoon called "The Karnival Kid", a character named Kat Nipp performs this song.
  • Cab Calloway refers to the title character in the 1931 song "Minnie the Moocher" as a "red-hot hoochie coocher."
  • In the 1944 musical film Meet Me in St. Louis, the song "Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis" refers to dancing the "Hoochie-Koochie" at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair.
  • Carmen Miranda refers to the "hoochie coo" in her song "Give Me a Band and a Bandana" in the 1944 movie Greenwich Village.
  • In the 1950 film Wagon Master, which takes place circa 1880, a traveling hoochie coochie show joins a Mormon wagon train.
  • The Muddy Waters song "Hoochie Coochie Man", written by Willie Dixon, is a blues standard.
  • Elvis Presley refers to the "hoochie coo" in his gospel song "Saved".
  • Glenn Hughes refers to the "hoochie coochie" in his 2001 song "Don't let it slip away" (from Building the machine)
  • "Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo" is a rock song written by Rick Derringer, first recorded in 1970.
  • "The Song Remains the Same", the opening track from Led Zeppelin's 1973 album Houses of the Holy, includes the lyrics: Sing out hare hare, dance the hoochie koo."
  • "Who'd She Coo?" was a hit song for The Ohio Players in 1976.
  • Alan Jackson claims it is hotter than a "hoochie coochie" in his 1993 single "Chattahoochee".
  • Roger Alan Wade refers to "do[ing] a Hoochie Coochie" in the title track from his 2005 album All Likkered Up.
  • Blakroc refers to the "hoochie coo" in their song "Ain't Nothing Like You" from their 2009 self-titled album.
  • Gloria Estefan refers to the "hoochie coochie" in her 2011 single "Hotel Nacional".
  • "Hoochie Coochie Lady" is a song by rock band Elf.
  • The Righteous Brothers refer to the "hoochie coo" in their 1963 song "Little Latin Lupe Lu."
  • "Hoochie Coochie" is a song by the band Band of Skulls on their album Himalayan from 2014
  • David Bowie's song "It Ain't Easy", from his album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, includes the verse: "I've got the love of a Hoochie Koochie woman."
  • Faster Pussycat's song "Babylon", from the album Faster Pussycat, includes the verse: "Man That hoochie-coochie made me dizzy, Cowabunga!"
  • In the 1949 film musical On the Town, "Miss Turnstiles" (Vera-Ellen) disappears mysteriously from her date with Gene Kelly, a sailor on shore leave, to go to the boardwalk on Coney Island, where she works as a cooch dancer to pay for her ballet lessons.

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