Double Dutch Bus – Raven Symone (2008)

March 27, 2008

As you learned from my last post, Donny Osmond participated in the Disney “College Road Trip” move that was released earlier this month. Donny said that he went to interview Raven while she was filming the video for this song from the movie. Naturally he was invited to participate. This single, that has been released on Disney Radio, will be featured in Raven’s upcoming fourth studio album.

Here is the official video of this great cover song that was featured in the movie. The original was a popular novelty song from the 80s and is discussed below for those of you not familiar with it.

Double Dutch Bus is a 1981 funk song by Frankie Smith, made famous for its extensive use of the “izz” infix form of slang. The song title represents a portmanteau of two institutions in Smith’s Philadelphia, Pennsylvania neighborhood: the double dutch game of jump rope played by neighborhood kids, and the SEPTA bus system that was a backbone of the local transportation network (and for which Smith had unsuccessfully applied for a bus driving position). Smith and co-writer Bill Bloom persuaded contacts at WMOT Records to finance the song, and it was recorded in summer 1981, engineered by Gene Leone. The song rocketed to popularity in a matter of weeks. On the U.S. Billboard R&B chart, it held the number one spot for eight weeks. It also crossed over to the Billboard Hot 100, where it peaked at number 30 in the summer of 1981. The record has received two separate gold certifications, one for sales of the 7″ edit, and a second gold record for sales of the 12″ single.” (Source)

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