Montana Lawmaker Proposes 'Hippy Hippy Shake' As State Rock Song

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Montanan Chan Romero wrote the music in 1959 when he was simply 17.

Montana has a state music, a state ballad and a state lullaby. And, for goodness sake, Democratic Rep. Jacob Bachmeier of Havre want to see the 2019 Legislature declare the “Hippy Hippy Shake” Montana’s official rock and roll music.

It was written in 1959 by Chan Romero when he was a 17-year-old scholar at Billings Senior High School.

Romero, who now lives in Southern California, tells the Great Falls Tribune his music has been featured in seven or eight films and has been recorded by about 20 teams, together with The Beatles and the Georgia Satellites. He says he’d be proud to have his music honored by the Legislature.

The invoice’s introduction borrows from the music’s lyrics in saying: “WHEREAS, Montanans shake it to the left and shake it to the appropriate and do all the things with all of their may.”