New Jerseyites can justifiably be proud of Ann Faith's South Jersey Stomp, a respectable attempt to launch some kind of a Northeastern hillbilly dance craze. I have no idea who Ann Faith is, but the tune was released on Nashville's K-Ark label. One clue to the story behind the record is her reference to driving down Highway 47 and seeing a big "cedar wood log cabin" where the crowds were enthusiastically doing the South Jersey Stomp. Consulting the map shows that Highway 47 begins in Westville (just across the Delaware River from Philadelphia) and runs south through towns like Glassboro, Clayton, Franklinville, Vineland, Millville, and Dennisville before winding up in Wildwood. My hunch is that the home turf of the South Jersey Stomp was likely in Wildwood, a popular tourist destination, but that's just a guess.
I've lived in Georgia since 1981, but I moved here from New Jersey. Not surprisingly, I can't recall anybody in my NJ circle of friends talking about the South Jersey Stomp, probably because the record came and quickly vanished many years before my arrival in the Garden State in 1980. So how about it? Anyone know the story behind this infectious curiosity?
Ann Faith - South Jersey Stomp (2:02) MP3