Any lyrics Holland, Dozier & Holland put to this "shave-and-haircut" beat -- originated by Southwestern bands in the '30s and popularized by Red Saunders & the Hambone Kids and Bo Diddley -- would have hit. (The term comes from the sound and action of barbers sharpening their razors on leather straps.) The call to dance zoomed to number eight on the pop chart in 1963 and was one of the Miracles' biggest hits. Mickey is a reference to Motown's then A&R director, William "Mickey" Stevenson. Mother's Finest, the Hollies, Martha & the Vandellas, and others have remade it.