SLS – “Peppermint Twist” By Joey Dee & The Starliters

This week Jim Adams has prompted us with the spice of life, Cinnamon | Mint | Parsley | Pepper | Rosemary | Sage | Salt | Thyme for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday. Cinnamon is my favorite spice. I use it in a lot of my regular diet such as yogurt, oatmeal and cinnamon toast. Then it gets added to cobblers and cookies, YUM for Snickerdoodles. I didn’t choose cinnamon, just thought I’d share my eating habits a bit. However, today I combined two, Pepper and Mint (a herb and a spice, well technically…peppermint is a herb of its own) and came up with the 60s classic “Peppermint Twist”.

Let’s see if this inspires you to get up and dance! I’ll be exercising with my hula hoop shortly and “Peppermint Twist” is on my playlist.

The original recording of the 45 single was determined to be too long so they cut it into 2 parts. Side A was “Peppermint Twist” (Part 1) and Side B was “Peppermint Twist” (Part 2), mostly instrumental.


  • Co-written by Joey Dee and Henry Glover.
  • Released in 1961 in response to “The Twist” dance craze that was inspired by rock and roll music beginning in 1959 with Chubby Checker.
  • Reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1962 and replaced “The Twist” at the number one position.
  • Bill Haley & His Comets recorded it for Armed Forces Radio in 1962, however the song wasn’t released until 2000.
  • It was covered by 70’s glam rock band The Sweet in 1974 and topped the Australian singles chart.

The British rock band The Sweet speeds up the tempo a bit to “Peppermint Twist”.

“Peppermint Twist”

Well, they've got a new dance and it goes like this
(Bop shoo-op, a bop bop shoo-op)
Yeah, the name of the dance is Peppermint Twist
(Bop shoo-op, a bop bop shoo-op)
Well, you like it like this, the Peppermint Twist
It goes round and round, up and down
Round and round, up and down
Round and round and a up and down
And a one, two, three, kick, one, two, three, jump
Well, meet me baby down at 45th street
Where the Peppermint Twisters meet
And you'll learn to do this, the Peppermint Twist
It's alright, all night, it's alright
It's okay, all day, it's okay
You'll learn to do this, the Peppermint Twist
Yeah, yeah, etc
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Henry Glover / Joseph Di Nicola
Peppermint Twist lyrics Β© Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, BMG Rights Management

16 Comments on “SLS – “Peppermint Twist” By Joey Dee & The Starliters

  1. I remember the Sweets version, the Sweet were a British Glam Rock group from LondonπŸ’œπŸ’œ


    • Thanks Willow! I have gone in and updated my post. I guess everything you read on the internet isn’t correct. One of the websites said they were from Australia. Thank you for the correction. πŸ™‚


      • I don’t mind at all. In fact, I appreciate it. I want my posts to be as accurate as possible and when I make a mistake, especially not knowing, I have no problem with being corrected so I can correct. πŸ™‚


  2. I love this song and always have. The original is the one I like best. I remember when the twist dance was so popular and I heard people were throwing their backs out trying to do the twisting motion. haha. πŸ™‚

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    • I can still do the twist. I was a Twist dance champ when I was a teenager. I had a great partner too. 😊


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