Joey Dee and the starliters - Peppermint Twist

First performance: 02/11/2002


Bruce played the song only once: 
2002-11-02 Tradewinds, Sea Bright, NJ 
This song was played during the The third annual Light of Day Benefit together with Gary U.S. Bonds in a medley with the Twist - Peppermint twist (as a set closer) . Held once again at the Tradewinds in Sea Bright, the Light of Day show brought together a host of Jersey-style rockers to benefit the Parkinson's Disease Foundation (and celebrate organizer Bob Benjamin's birthday while they were at it). He played nearly an hour with Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers, on a few of their songs. They are joined by Garland Jeffreys for "96 Tears" and "Wild in the Streets," and by Gary U.S. Bonds. In the midnight hour, he comes back to the stage to play "Jole Blon" and "Quarter to Three - Having A Party" with Bonds. With the Tradewinds scheduled to close, this is the last Light of Day benefit to be held there. 


"Peppermint Twist" is a song written by Joey Dee and Henry Glover, recorded and released by Joey Dee and the Starliters in 1961. Capitalizing on the Twist dance craze and the nightclub in which Dee performed ("The Peppermint Lounge"), the song hit #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in early 1962. The original recording of the song was considered too long for release on a 45 rpm single, so it was split into two parts. It was this first part, "Peppermint Twist (Part 1)", with a length of 2:03, which became the #1 hit; the mostly instrumental second half of the recording is rarely heard today. The lead singer in the Starliters' version is David Brigati, whose brother, Eddie Brigati, was a singer for the 1960s hit pop group, the (Young) Rascals. The other personnel on the record featured Carlton Lattimore on organ, Billy Butler on guitar, Jerome Richardson on sax, and Don Martin on drums.

Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist


Well they've got a new dance and it goes like this
(Bop shoo-op, a bop bop shoo-op)
Yeah the name of the dance is Peppermint Twist
(Bop shoo-op, a bop bop shoo-op)
Well you like it like this, the Peppermint Twist

It goes round and round, up and down
Round and round, up and down
Round and round and a up and down
And a one two three kick, one two three jump

Well meet me baby down at 45th street
Where the Peppermint Twisters meet
And you'll learn to do this, the Peppermint Twist

It's alright, all night, it's alright
It's okay, all day, it's okay
You'll learn to do this, the Peppermint Twist
Yeah, yeah