The American Heritage Dictionary defines a “dance” as “the art of performing in an improvised, synchronized, choreographed, or theatrical manner, in which a performance involves multiple moves, a variety of instruments, or other elements.”
Snoopy was one of those dance tunes, and its inclusion in the dictionary was probably not a coincidence.
Dance music is often considered a kind of theater, as in, “theater” is a synonym for “dancers,” but the word has been applied to other genres, like rock and roll.
“Snoop” first appeared in 1955 as the title of a record by the jazz band the Mamas and the Papas.
It is now widely recognized as one of the most influential songs in popular music, and it is the song that first got the Snoopy dance troupe started.
The first recorded version of Snoopy was played on April 4, 1955, by the Moms and the Paps.
This video features footage from the MOMs’ first rehearsal, on June 15, 1955.
The song’s popularity was not just confined to the streets.
In the late 1940s, the movie The Wizard of Oz, with its big-screen, sound system, made Snoopy a regular feature.
After the film, Snoopy went on to become a staple in the musicals The Magic Flute, The Magic Carpet and The Magic Lantern, and other movies, including the 1957 film The Three Stooges.
Scooby-doo’s popularity reached its zenith during the 1950s and 60s, when the band recorded a number of hit records.
The band also performed at a number in theaters, with songs like “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” “Scoop,” and “Snoops.”
The Snoopy dancers in “Spartacus” were inspired by an opera, “Sofia and Her Sisters,” which also featured the band.
In the 1960s, Snoop appeared in a number four and five, as well as in movies including “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 2nd Dimension,” “Raging Bull,” and the 1959 film “Cats.”