perhaps from boog(ie)
, as in1hullabaloo
Recorded as the name of a dance in 1966, as in the August 11 issue of Jet (vol. 30, no. 18, p. 63): “Most hip Gothamites now trying to get rhythmic understanding between arms, legs and sacroiliac in order to get in on the Boogaloo dance craze.” The word figures in a number of single and album titles released in 1966 and 1967, as “The Boogaloo Party” by the Flamingos (advertised in the January 22, 1966, issue of Billboard), “Ow! Boogaloo” by Wayne Logiudice (advertised in the July 9, 1966, issue), “Latin Boogaloo” by the Pete Rodriguez Conjunto (advertised in the October 15, 1966, issue), Johnny Colon’s Boogaloo Blues (Cotique Records), and Jala Jala y Boogaloo by Richie Ray and Bobby Cruz (Alegre Records). Note that Boogaloo was a stage name of the performer and songwriter Kent Harris (born 1930) in the 1950’s; a single containing the Harris songs “Cops and Robbers” and “Clothes Line (Wrap It Up),” performed by “Boogaloo and His Gallant Crew,” is advertised in the October 20, 1956, issue of Billboard.