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Thread #100807   Message #2027317
Posted By: Azizi
16-Apr-07 - 06:22 PM
Thread Name: Gigalo & other children's rhymes &cheers
Subject: RE: Gigalo & other children's rhymes &cheers
I'd like to introduce examples of another children's cheer into this discussion-"Cheerleader Roll Call".

I collected these three examples of Cheerleader Roll Call from African American girls {ages about 6-12 years} in Pittsburgh, PA area. Each of these cheers were recited while the girls stood in a horizontal line and performed syncopated, choreographed foot stomping & individual handclapping routines.

Cheerleader {Version #1}
[All]:
Cheerleader
Roll Call
[Soloist #1]
Yolanda *
They call me Lannie
[Group]
Hey Hey
{Soloist #2]
Erica *
They call me Ree Ree
[Group]
Hey Hey
[Soloist #3]
Ebony *
They call me Ebony
[Group]
Hey Hey
[Soloist #4]
Melissa
They call me Missy
[Group]
Hey Hey

{The cheer continues in this pattern until everyone says their name and nickname. If the girl [or boy] doesn't have a nickname, the first name is repeated}. 
-T.M.P., memories of Pittsburgh, PA; early to mid 1980s

**

Cheerleader {Version #2}
[All]:
Cheerleader,
Roll call!
[Soloist #1]
My name is Keisha.
They call me Key Key.
And when they call me,
they go
[All]
Boom, Boom,
Ah Boom, Boom!
[All]
Cheerleader,
Roll Call!
[Soloist #2]
My name's Jozita.
They call me Cocoa.
And when they call me,
they go
[All]:
Boom, Boom
Ah Boom, Boom!
{The cheer continues in this pattern until everyone says their name and nickname. If the girl [or boy] doesn't have a nickname, the first name is repeated}.
T.M.P., memories of Pittsburgh, PA; early to mid 1980s

**

Cheerleader {Version #3}
[All]:
Cheer.
Leader.
Roll.
Call.
Are you ready?
[Soloist #1]:
Shayla.
They call me Rosa.
[Soloist #2]:
Shana.
They call me Poo.
[Soloist #3]:
Shana.
They call me Shay.
[Soloist #4]:
Jamie.
They call me Jay Jay.
[Soloist #5]:
Jackie.
They call me HaJack (HighJack?).
[All]:
Cheer.
Leader.
Zodiac signs.
[Soloist #1]:
Aquarius.
That's a dog.
[Soloist #2]:
Cancer.
That's a crab.
[Soloist #3]:
Leo.
That's a lion.
[Soloist #4]:
Scorpio.
That's a spider.
[Soloist #5]:
Scorpio.
That's a spider.
[All]:
Cheer.
Leader.
Phone.
Numbers.
Are you ready?
[Soloist #1]:
348-5110.
[Group]:
Always busy.
[Soloist #2]:
348-4554.
[Group]:
Always busy.
[Soloist #3]
348-3322
[Group]:
Always busy.
[Soloist #4]:
348-5779
[Group]:
Always busy.
[Soloist #5]
348-4285
[Group]:
Always busy.
-Shayla, Shana, Shana, Jamie, and Jackie {African American females about 10 years-12 years old}, Braddock, PA; 1985; collected by Azizi Powell, 1985 {transcription of audio tape recording}

-snip-

From my admittedly limited research, it appears that these cheers are no longer recited. Click cocojams-foot stomping cheers if you're interested in my comments about these cheers.

In my next post, I'll share some examples of a current, relatively widely known cheer that may have been based-at least in part-on the 1980s Cheerleader Roll Call cheers.

Of course, your comments about these cheers, or about Gigalo, or about any other children's rhyme or cheer is still welcome.