Saturday, April 28, 2012

Black Fraternity & Sorority Song - Zoom Zoom Zoom

Edited by Azizi Powell

[latest revision : August 26, 2016]

This post showcases four selected videos of the historically Black fraternity & sorority song "Zoom Zoom Zoom". Two of these videos highlights versions of this song as sung by members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., one video highlights versions of this song as sung by members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, and one video is of members of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. singing a song that includes the refrain "Zoom, Zoom, Zoom".

Information about the R&B song "Fever" which was the musical inspiration for the B1ack Greek letter organizations' versions of "Zoom" are also included in this post.

The content of this post is presented for cultural, folkloric, and aesthetic purposes.

I consider fraternity & sorority chants to be cultural artifacts which deserve to be collected, preserved, and studied. I also believe that fraternity & sorority songs and chants should only be recited and/or performed by those persons who are affiliated with the specific organization that is associated with that particular chant. As shown in this post, several Black Greek lettered organizations have songs/chants that include the refrain "Zoom Zoom Zoom".

Click for a few text (word) examples of "Zoom" as sung by members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., and Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Inc. If you are aware of any examples of this song that are sung by any other historically Black Greek letter organization, please share that example or examples in the comment section below.

The tune & a few lines for most of the Black Greek lettered songs "Zoom Zoom Zoom" are based on the hit R&B song & Pop song "Fever". The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. song that is given below is an exception to this statement as it uses "zoom Zoom Zoom" as a refrain and doesn't mention the word "fever".

In a previous version of this post I mistakenly credited Peggy Lee as being the first to record this song. Peggy Lee's 1958 record "Fever" is the most widely known version of that song. R&B singer Little Willie John's 1956 version of 'Fever' "top[ped] the Billboard R&B Best Sellers in the US and peak[ed] at number 24 on the Billboard Hot 100"... Quoting from that Wikipedia page:
"Peggy Lee's version contained rewritten lyrics different from the original and an altered music arrangement. It became a top-five hit on the music charts in the UK and Australia in addition to entering the top ten in the US and the Netherlands. "Fever" was nominated in three categories at the 1st Annual Grammy Awards in 1959, including Record ofhat record". Peggy Lee's Pop version of that song "became a top-five hit on the music charts in the UK and Australia in addition to entering the top ten in the US and the Netherlands. "Fever" was nominated in three categories at the 1st Annual Grammy Awards in 1959, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year."
Click for more information about Little Willie John's recording of "Fever".
Here's a YouTube example of Little Willie John's "Fever"
FEVER - Little Willie John - 1956

cdbpdx Uploaded on Jan 23, 2009
Click for a YouTube example of Peggy Lee's version of the song "Fever".

Here's a YouTube example of Peggy Lee's "Fever"
Peggy Lee - Fever

em Uploaded on Apr 2, 2010
The lyrics to Peggy Lee's version of this song are included in this sound file's summary.

"Zoom Zoom Zoom" is an example of a fraternity or sorority song that is performed by multiple Black Greek lettered organizations (BGLOs). To date, I've found videos and text examples of "Zoom Zoom Zoom" that are attributed to Alpha Psi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (A Phi A), and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (DST). I've also found an online version of this song from Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., but I've not been able to find a YouTube video version of that organization's version of that song. It's also possible that other BGLO may have versions of this song. I have also found video examples and text of an Omega Phi Phi Fraternity, Inc. song that includes the refrain "zoom zoom zoom", although the song itself differs significantly from the other BGLO examples of the song "Zoom Zoom Zoom".

I'm not sure which fraternity or sorority was the first to sing or chant any composition entitled "Zoom Zoom Zoom" and I haven't been able to find any information about the dates that the examples of "Zoom Zoom Zoom" featured in this post were first performed. If you have any information about this Greek lettered song, please share it for the sake of the folkloric record.

Except for the word "zoom", historically Black Greek letter organizations' song "Zoom Zoom Zoom" aren't related to the American pop song "Zoom Zoom Zoom" whose words also include the line "You make my heart go boom boom boom". Nor are those BGLO "Zoom" songs related to the Brazilian Capoeira song "Zoom Zoom Zoom Mata Um". Click for a post on that Capoeira song.

These videos are posted in no particular order.

Video #1: DST Delta Zeta Chapter 2009 [Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.]

Uploaded by iseeFLICKS on Sep 30, 2009

The Ladies of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, Delta Zeta Chapter *& all that they do...

Video #2: Zoom Zoom (Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity)

Uploaded by KrystalMauri on Apr 3, 2010

Went on a college tour & this man KILLED it I think his name is Sergio or Monte idk but I know he killed it. Oh yeah, this was at CAU(my future college(hopefully))

Editor: The lead singer is identified as "Sergio". A video of Sergio singing this song is posted on Cocojams Fraternity And Sorority Chant page whose link is given above.

"Killed it" is African American slang for "really sang [it] well".

"CAU" is probably Clark Atlanta University.

For the sake of documentation, I'd love to add Siergio's last name to this post. If he or anyone else who knows it would send it in, I'd appreciate it.

Video #3: Delta Theta "Zoom, Zoom, Zoom"

Uploaded by GorIIIaBLACK1906 on Dec 1, 2011

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated
Delta Theta Chapter (Texas Southern University)

Example #4: Tell Me why? Omega Psi Phi pledge song Kevin McCall XAA FALL O6

Kevin McCall Uploaded on Nov 22, 2008

"Zoom Zoom Zoom" is used as the refrain for this Omega pledge song.

Thanks to the unknown composer/s of the fraternity and sorority song "Zoom Zoom Zoom". My thanks to all the members of Greek lettered organizations who are featured in this post. My thanks also to the video producers & uploaders of these featured videos.

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