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Silver Studs - Dance With A Dolly (With A Hole In Her Stockin’) (1976)

(Terry Shand - Jimmy Eaton - Mickey Leader)
Australia Australia
#18 Sydney #14 Melbourne #26 Brisbane#7 Adelaide #17 Perth

Single on Phillips by 50s-style revivalist band from Brisbane, later known as The Studs (see Funky Feet). Their first and biggest hit was a cover version of the Happy Days theme earlier the same year. More at Nostalgia Central’s Silver Studs/Studs page.

Suggestion and further information from Terry Stacey.

The Blue Jays - Dance With A Dolly (1962)

(Terry Shand - Jimmy Eaton - Mickey Leader)
Australia Australia

On 1962 Crest album The Arthur Murray Twist Party by Melbourne band formed in 1959, The album included tracks crediting Laurie Allen, later of Bobby & Laurie, as frontman.

For The Blue Jays' later career after their 1964 teaming with singer Tony Worsley as The Fabulous Blue Jays see their 1964 instrumental Jay Walker.

See also Missing You, Just A Little Bit and Velvet Waters.

Reference: Ian McFarlane, Encyclopedia of Australian Rock & Pop.
Thanks to Terry Stacey for version alert.

Damita Jo - Dance With A Dolly (With A Hole In Her Stocking) (1961)

(Terry Shand - Jimmy Eaton - Mickey Leader)
#3 Sweden*

Charted in Sweden January 1962 

Single on Mercury by Texas-born singer in various genres, full name Damita Jo LeBlanc (1930-1998). 

Damita Jo made the national Top 40 twice in the US, both times with answer songs: I'll Save the Last Dance for You (1960, #22 USA, after The Drifters' Save the Last Dance for Me) and I'll Be There (1961, #12 USA, after Ben E. King's Stand By Me).

*Damita Jo charted better in Sweden than back home in the USA. Apart from Dance With a Dolly at #3, she had hits with I'll Save the Last Dance for You (#2 Sweden) and Do What You Want (1961, #5 Sweden).

Further reading: 1. Damita Jo LeBlanc at Wikipedia. 2. Damita Jo tribute by Women in Jazz.

Thanks to Erik Alm.

Bill Haley & His Saddlemen - Dance With A Dolly (With A Hole In Her Stocking) (1952)

(Terry Shand - Jimmy Eaton - Mickey Leader)

Release by the pre-rock’n’roll Bill Haley on Essex.

Bill Haley recorded the song again in 1976 with the Comets at Fame studios, Muscle Shoals. That version was initially released in the UK and Germany by Sonet. Full details at the Song File and linked pages at Bill Haley Central.

Also recorded, for example, by Damita Jo (1961) and by Dinah Shore.

Terry Shand And His Orchestra - Dance With A Dolly (1939)

(Terry Shand - Jimmy Eaton - Mickey Leader)
Original version

Recorded December 1939, but may well have been released early in 1940.

Terry Shand (1904-1977), pianist and composer, was with Freddie Martin before forming his own band in the late 30s. See the Big Bands Database Plus.

The song was also recorded early in 1940 by Tony Pastor & his Orchestra, Louis Prima & his Orchestra, Ray Herbeck and his Music, and Six Hits and a Miss; and in 1944 by Russ Morgan & his Orchestra and Evelyn Knight (Abrams Online Database).

Joni Mitchell's song Help Me (Court And Spark, 1974):

You dance with the lady
With the hole in her stocking
Didn't it feel good
Didn't it feel good