The tune gave its name to a Cockney dance first made popular in 1937 by Lupino Lane. The story line of the original show concerns a Cockney barrow boy who inherits an earldom but almost loses his Lambeth girlfriend.
The craze also reached America in 1938, popularized by Boston-based orchestra-leader Joseph (Joe) Rines, among others. Rines and his band frequently performed in New York, and the dance became especially popular at the "better" night clubs. And as with most dance crazes, other well-known orchestras did versions of the song, including Duke Ellington. It was also heard on radio.
An SA Mann of the Nazi Party declared the Lambeth Walk "Jewish mischief and animalistic hopping" in early 1939 as part of a speech about how the "revolution of private life" was one of the next big tasks of National Socialism.
In 1942 Charles A. Ridley of the British Ministry of Information made a short propaganda film, Lambeth Walk - Nazi Style, which edited existing footage of Hitler and German soldiers (taken from Leni Riefenstahl's Triumph of the Will) to make it appear as if they were marching and dancing to "The Lambeth Walk". The film so enraged Josef Goebbels that he ran out of the screening room kicking chairs and screaming profanities. The film was distributed uncredited to newsreel companies, who would supply their own narration.
The composer Franz Reizenstein wrote a set of Variations on the Lambeth Walk with each variation being a pastiche of the style of a major classical composer. Notable are the variations in the style of Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt.
but you can still stroll to the Lambeth Walk; REPRIEVE: Oladapo Habeeb, right, celebrates with MP Kate Hoey and locals.
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Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother 1900-2002: The Close Friend: She Loved Games and Once Insisted That We All Join Her to Do the Lambeth Walk
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