Gimme Some Skin, My Friend

“Gimme Some Skin, My Friend,” written by Don Raye, Gene De Paul, and Red Mack, performed by The Andrews Sisters in the 1941 Abbott & Costello film In the Navy. The greeting gesture had been know in African American culture since the 1920s. Even Al Jolson used it in 1927, in The Jazz Singer. These days it’s known as the “low five,” a retronym differentiating it from the “high five.”

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