Earl 'Ole George' Daniel dancing on Sunday at the Peace Memorial Hall in Kingstown. At left is his brother and timekeeper Kenrol Daniel.
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June 4, 2018
Dancer Falls and Hits head while trying to get into the record books

Earl ‘Ole George’ Daniel took a tumble Sunday morning and hit his head while trying to dance his way into the Guinness Book of World Records.
The 54-year-old has been dancing continuously at the Peace Memorial Hall in Kingstown, St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) since 9:00 pm on Thursday, May 31, and when SEARCHLIGHT visited at 2 pm on Sunday, he was just beginning his 66th hour of dancing.

At the time of our visit, he had just completed a bathroom break and seemed remarkably collected for someone who had not slept for almost three days. According to the rules, he is allowed five minutes rest for each hour he dances, but Daniel has been dancing for several hours straight, to accumulate the time for longer breaks.

He told SEARCHLIGHT he was not sleepy and felt well. He however disclosed that earlier on Sunday, he misjudged where the edge of the stage was and slipped and fell, hitting the right side of his head. He said he remained on the floor for only about five seconds and a doctor was expected to visit later on Sunday to check him out.

The area of the stage at the Peace Memorial Hall where ‘Ole George’ slipped and fell.

Earl ‘Ole George’ Daniel took a tumble Sunday morning and hit his head while trying to dance his way into the Guinness Book of World Records.
The 54-year-old has been dancing continuously at the Peace Memorial Hall in Kingstown, St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) since 9:00 pm on Thursday, May 31, and when SEARCHLIGHT visited at 2 pm on Sunday, he was just beginning his 66th hour of dancing.

At the time of our visit, he had just completed a bathroom break and seemed remarkably collected for someone who had not slept for almost three days. According to the rules, he is allowed five minutes rest for each hour he dances, but Daniel has been dancing for several hours straight, to accumulate the time for longer breaks.

He told SEARCHLIGHT he was not sleepy and felt well. He however disclosed that earlier on Sunday, he misjudged where the edge of the stage was and slipped and fell, hitting the right side of his head. He said he remained on the floor for only about five seconds and a doctor was expected to visit later on Sunday to check him out.

Sister Arlitha Scott (left) and timekeeper Sydney Joseph.

Daniel, who is a social worker by profession, told SEARCHLIGHT that he hopes to change the hearts of people one by one, and to bring awareness to crime and diabetes, as statistics in SVG in these areas point to serious problems, in his opinion. He appealed to the public to join him at the Peace Memorial Hall to give him their support.

Daniel shot to national attention in 1998 when he walked around mainland St Vincent. He said that back then, he walked for one day, but he was curious as to how long he could walk for, so he did it for two days, then three days.He later found out that the Guinness Book of World Records record for the longest walk was held by a man in England, who in 2005, walked for six days, 23 mins. He then went to Jamaica in 2006, where he walked for seven days around Emancipation Park. Then again in 2007, he walked for seven days, one hour and in 2008 walked for eight days in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.

Also, in 2008, Daniel walked from Montreal to New York.He has also walked around Barbados, Grenada, St Lucia, all the Grenadine islands and has walked around SVG a total nine times.

Unable to get into the Guinness Book of World Records for his walking, Daniel switched to dancing in 2012. His first long distance dance attempt was done in Nunavik (northern third of the province of Quebec).

Daniel said the Guinness Book of World Records told him that the record to beat is 123 hours, so, with that in mind, he is dancing for seven days / 168 hours.