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Cuckoo Dancing Week – January 11-17, 2023

Cuckoo Dancing Week is traditionally celebrated from January 11 January 17. We’re here to show you how you can celebrate the day. Do you know that it has been more than 90 years since the iconic duo Laurel and Hardy performed the “Dance of the Cuckoos”? The “Dance of the Cuckoos” was a musical score created by music director Marvin Hatley, and it was later used as the theme song for the Laurel and Hardy films. Cuckoo Dancing Week was created as a tribute to this great musical piece and dance choreography. People all over celebrate this day by doing the “Cuckoo Dance” with friends, partners, or family members.

History of Cuckoo Dancing Week

One of the most memorable comedic duos in film, Laurel and Hardy, began their careers in the 1920s. The stars were Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy and people often called the duo Stan and Ollie with love. Since it was the era of silent films, the duo had no option to express comedic dialogues and often relied on slapstick comedy. The first movie in which they appeared together was “The Lucky Dog,” released in 1921.

Even though Laurel and Hardy were actors, some of the movies they appeared in had musical scores. Some of them are “The Dance of the Cuckoos,” “The Cricket Song,” “I Want to Go Back to Michigan,” “The Curse of an Aching Heart,” and many more. Out of these musical scores, “The Dance of the Cuckoos” became the most popular one. The story goes that the musical piece was actually composed by Leroy Bernard Shield and Marvin Hately for the Roach radio station. The score became immensely popular, and it was soon used as the theme song in all Laurel and Hardy films. Laurel and Hardy remain among the best comedic classics produced on film. A biopic named “Stan and Ollie” was released in 2019 in their honor.

“The Dance of the Cuckoos” has fascinated generations and continues to do so. Over the years people started doing the cuckoo dance; some for the heck of it and some as a tribute to the great comedic duo Stan and Ollie. Cuckoo Dancing Week was created to give recognition to this favorite dance number. Though the exact origins of Cuckoo Dancing Week are not known, it is believed that people started celebrating it in the 1990s

Cuckoo Dancing Week timeline

1912
Stan Laurel Tours America

Laurel leaves England and goes to the U.S. with the Fred Karno Troupe.

1914
Oliver Hardy Makes His Debut

Hardy makes his debut in the film "Outwitting Dad."

1921
Stan and Ollie Come Together

Laurel and Hardy come together and form the partnership that will create history.

1980
Cuckoo Dancing Week

Cuckoo Dancing Week is created as a tribute to the musical score “The Dance of the Cuckoos."

Cuckoo Dancing Week FAQs

Was Oliver Hardy a singer?

Yes. It is said that Hardy was a gifted singer, and by the age of eight he sang many songs for the minstrel shows. He also sang many songs for films before he started his acting career

Did Stan Laurel play the Tuba?

Laurel once played the Tuba in the film “Swiss Man.” Stan believed that it would be a good way to start the Laurel and Hardy movies. He used to play the Tuba off-screen sometimes.

Were Laurel and Hardy good friends?

The chemistry between Laurel and Hardy on-screen was unparalleled. However, it is said that they never socialized much. While Hardy liked to drink and party with friends, Laurel was a workaholic.

Cuckoo Dancing Week Activities

  1. Do the Cuckoo Dance

    What better way to celebrate Cuckoo Dancing Week than to do the iconic Cuckoo Dance. Put on your dancing shoes and start dancing to the rhythm of the music with your friends and family members.

  2. Share it on social media

    Let everyone know you're celebrating this day. Take pictures of you doing the Cuckoo Dance with your loved ones and post them on your social media page. You can also write articles about Laurel and Hardy or Cuckoo Dancing Week itself, and post them online.

  3. Learn more about Laurel and Hardy

    Use this day to improve your knowledge. Read more about the story of Laurel and Hardy; their journey from scratch to the biggest stars of Hollywood. It might give you the motivation you need to take risks and do something big in life!

5 Facts About Laurel And Hardy That Will Blow Your Mind

  1. They were not a duo, initially

    Though Laurel and Hardy appeared together in “The Lucky Dog," they had not yet become a duo.

  2. They became a duo in 1927

    Laurel and Hardy became a team officially in 1927, when they came together for the film “Putting Pants On Philip."

  3. They appeared in 107 films

    Laurel and Hardy have acted together in 107 films.

  4. Laurel has trained under Chaplin

    Laurel was training under Charlie Chaplin while he toured America with the Fred Karno Troupe.

  5. Hardy acted as the Tin Man

    Oliver Hardy once played the role of Tin Man in the silent version of “The Wizard of Oz.”

Why We Love Cuckoo Dancing Week

  1. It gives us an opportunity to appreciate the iconic dance steps

    This week allows us to appreciate the classic dance steps performed by Laurel and Hardy, which still fascinate everyone even after 100 years of its beginning. And It gives us a chance to dance with our loved ones and have a good time.

  2. It gives us a chance to appreciate the famous duo

    This week gives us a chance to give credit to the iconic duo who paved the way for the entertainment industry with their charming performances on screen. We feel that the duo is not given enough recognition; hence, Cuckoo Dancing Week provides us the perfect opportunity to raise a toast in the name of Laurel and Hardy.

  3. It gives us a chance to improve our knowledge

    This is also a day of learning. This day allows us to learn more about the life and hardships of two actors who were born in ordinary families and made it to the A-list actors in Hollywood. It gives us a chance to read interesting stories about their humble beginnings and their rise to stardom.

Cuckoo Dancing Week dates

YearDateDay
2023January 11Wednesday
2024January 11Thursday
2025January 11Saturday
2026January 11Sunday
2027January 11Monday

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