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30 September 2013 @ 09:38 pm
Madison Time  
When I was a little boy, I had a record called Madison Time, which was on the Columbia label; on the one side was part one, and the other part two.  I never understood the purpose of the song until more recent times.  The Madison was a line dance.  The dance allegedly originated in Ohio in the late 1950s.  The Ray Bryant Combo recorded the song in 1959 for Columbia.  Incidentally,  Jack Gale recorded The Sloppy Madison, which makes fun of Madison Time, for Columbia in 1962.
Below is the Ray Bryant, part two version.  I can only imagine people going to a bowling alley and actually doing this.

The 1988 movie Hairspray featured the part one version.

The Corny Collins Show that was mentioned in Hairspray was inspired by the Buddy Deane Show, which was broadcast from Baltimore, and presented the Al Brown version of the Madison.

There were many versions of the Madison released. Even the French had their version of the Madison.