With the exception of the lead vocals, both of these versions of Dancing the Strand sound exactly the same. I prefer the Sherrys version.
Sisters Delphine and Dinell Cook originally formed The Sherrys with Tammi Terrell, who was later replaced by cousin Charlotte Butler and friend Dolores “Honey” Wylie. The four girl group would eventually end up as three, with the two sisters and Dolores.
In 1962, writer/producers Johnny Madara and Dave White had been scouting around for a good girl group for several months when a business partner, Aram Boornazian, brought in the three Philly girls, who he had happened to hear harmonizing at a neighborhood school dance. Aram knew that Johnny and Dave had written a number called “Pop Pop Pop-Pie”, written for the popular dance, The Pop-Pie, which they felt was sure-fire hit material. All they needed was the right group to sing it.
One listen to Delphine, Dinell and Dolores and they knew they had what they were looking for. Without hesitation the girls were signed to Guyden Records and named The Sherrys. The song was recorded, released and immediately became a national hit, going to number 35 on the pop charts and number 25 on the R&B charts.
Several other songs hit the charts as well, including “Saturday Night” and “Slop Time.” What followed was a dance album with the group, “At The Hop With The Sherrys,” which featured all the popular dances of the past several years. The album played around the world and the girls toured Europe.
Maureen Gray began singing at the age of three, and performed solo in a children’s program at Carnegie Hall at the age of five. Discovered by John Madara at the young age of 12, she went on to record and achieved success with regional hits such as “Today’s The Day,” “Crazy Over You,” “I Don’t Want to Cry” and “Dancing The Strand.”
Dancing the Strand is an example of the Philly Sound.
I’m not exactly sure how you dance The Strand, but I’m sure it’s quite lovely.