The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #77844   Message #1392760
Posted By: JWB
29-Jan-05 - 07:51 PM
Thread Name: Why do people do the Happy Claps?
Subject: Why do people do the Happy Claps?
Reading the thread on Wild Rover, someone said they remember it being sung by audiences who included the clapping/banging/grunting in the chorus as early as the 1970s. Got me to thinking, why is it that some songs get clap happy that way?

I've seen it happening to Rolling Down to Old Maui. When this song first became known, in the 80s, there was no clapping whatsoever (except at the end of a performance of it). But in the last half-decade or so I've noticed that folks are putting in a couple of claps after the first verse of each stanza.

Do you think that some performer started this, or was it spontaneous combustion by an audience? What do y'all think?