Lawmaker Wants to Make This Familiar Number Montana’s Official State Rock and Roll Song

Dec 27, 2018  •  Post A Comment

The state of Montana may soon have an official rock and roll song, following the introduction of a bill that borrows from the song’s lyrics in proclaiming: “WHEREAS, Montanans shake it to the left and shake it to the right and do everything with all of their might.”

The song is “Hippy Hippy Shake,” written in 1959 by Chan Romero when he was a 17-year-old student at Billings Senior High School, the AP reports.

“And, for goodness sake, Democratic Rep. Jacob Bachmeier of Havre would like to see the 2019 Legislature declare the ‘Hippy Hippy Shake’ Montana’s official rock and roll song,” the story reports, noting that Montana already has a state song, a state ballad and a state lullaby.

“Romero, who now lives in Southern California, tells the Great Falls Tribune his song has been featured in seven or eight movies and has been recorded by about 20 groups, including the Beatles,” the AP notes “He says he’d be proud to have his song honored by the Legislature.”

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