The teen dance craze called “The Stroll” was given it’s titular anthem by Canadian vocal group The Diamonds in 1957 with slithering saxophones and a slow walking beat. Check out these kids strolling in pleated pants and bobby sox on the American Bandstand-style show Seventeen in Ames, Iowa.
Like so much early rock-n-roll, “The Stroll” had its origins in the black community being popularized early on by Chuck Willis, who was known as The King of the Stroll. Catch some strolling action set to Chuck’s classic strolling song “Betty & Dupree” below.
Thanks to Skye Thorstenson for the tip!