The Chipmunk Song

Terry recommended the Chipmunk Song for the Guilty Pleasure Compilation. Here’s what Wikipedia says about The Chipmunk Song.

“The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)” is a song written by Ross Bagdasarian (a.k.a. David Seville) in 1958. Although it was written and sung by Bagdasarian (in the form of a chipmunk voice), the singing credits are given to The Chipmunks, a fictional singing group consisting of three chipmunks by the names of Alvin, Simon, and Theodore. The song was very successful, reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming The Chipmunks’ first and only #1 single on that chart. It also has the distinction of being the only Christmas record to reach #1 on the same chart. The single sold 4.5 million copies, according to Ross Bagdasarian, Jr.

As it was released when I was three, The Chipmunk Song is one of the first Christmas records that I can remember. And Alvin and the Chipmunks were pretty irresistible for a 3-year old. Who doesn’t chuckle to hear Alvin cry “Okay!)? Yet, it’s a pure gimmick, one extended joke.

As is probably well known, Bagdasarian recorded himself singing each of the three parts at a slow tape speed and then played it back for mixing at normal speed to get the helium voice effect.

As might not be so well known, the darn thing won two grammys.

A video version of the song is available here .


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