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1950s & 1960s Music: Novelty songs

Updated on June 17, 2013
Novelty songs of the fifties and sixties...way out folks of the fifties and sixties!
Novelty songs of the fifties and sixties...way out folks of the fifties and sixties! | Source

To quote a line from an old song, "what am I doin' here?" I'm looking at some of the songs written in the fifties and sixties that live on in our memories, those songs that weren't love songs or moving tributes, but novelty songs. While some novelty songs are pure 'nonsense' songs, others are based on facts.

There were novelty songs dating back to the thirties and forties. Most people have heard of "Yes, We Have No Bananas"....a novelty song. These novelty songs have continued to the present day with songs like, "I'm Too Sexy".

Novelty songs really blossomed in the fifties and sixties and here's a little peek at some of the novelty songs from that era.

Hey Mister Custer

Take Mr. Custer for example; it was actually a number one song in 1960. Who would think of writing a song about the massacre at Little Big Horn? It seems Al DeLory, Fred Darian, and Joseph Van was recorded by Larry Verne.

That famous day in history the men of the 7th Cavalry went riding on
And from the rear a voice was heard
A brave young man with a trembling word rang loud and clear...
What am I doin' here??

This song made us laugh and sympathize with the poor guy in the middle of a massacre!

The Battle of New Orleans

What about "The Battle of New Orleans"? What a better way to learn history than from a song....written by Jimmy Driftwood and sung by Johnny Horton. (Johnny Horton also sang, "Sink the Bismark".) Jimmy Driftwood was a principal who wrote this song to help students with their history since he was quite the history buff. Apparently he wrote other songs bringing history to life but this is the one that made the charts!

This version of the song was number one in 1959.

The song starts out ...

In 1814 we took a little trip
Along with Colonel Jackson down the mighty Mississip.
We took a little bacon an' we took a little beans
And we caught the bloody British at the town of New Orleans.

We fired our guns an' the British kept a'comin'.
There wasn't nigh as many as there was awhile ago.
We fired once more an' they begin to runnin'
Down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico.

Leader of the Pack

Supposedly this song was written on a shirt cardboard using a the vein of Romeo and Juliet, Betty is in love with the leader of a motorcycle pack. Of course her parents don't approve and she has to break up with he rides off into the sunset on his motorcycle, on a wet rode, the motorcyle crashes and he dies. A heartwarming story for a song? Definitely the thing teenage songs are made of....this was a number one song in 1964 and sung by the Shangri-Las. As you can tell from the youtube video, Twisted Sister did a cover as well.

The song ends with,

I felt so helpless, what could I do?
Rememberin' all the things we'd been through
At school they all stop and stare
I can't hide the tears but I don't care
I'll never forget him, the leader of the pack

(Gone, gone, gone, gone)
The leader of the pack, now he's gone
The leader of the pack, now he's gone
(Gone, gone, gone, gone)
The leader of the pack, now he's gone
The leader of the pack.

Ed Madden sings Tell Laura I Love Her

Tell Laura I Love Her

A number one song in 1960 was "Tell Laura I Love Her" sung by Ray Peterson. A plot in this song, similar to "The Leader of the Pack". Though there are no parents keeping them apart, Tommy, is in love with Laura (and she loves him too. Tommy races his car to try to win the prize so he can buy Laura a wedding ring. Of course, this one doesn't turn out too well, Tommy's car turns over and bursts into flames. His dying words...tell Laura I love her, tell Laura I need her, tell Laura not to cry, my love for her will never die...

A later, cover of this song

Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie, Yellow Polka Dot Bikini

Wow! I think it may be time to move away from tragedies and onto something a little lighter. Do you remember that poor girl who couldn't come out of the water? She wore an "Itsy Bitsy Teenier Weenie, Yellow Polka Dot Bikini". Yes, another number one hit in 1960...1960 must've been the year! You have to remember bikini bathing suits were not as accepted then as they are now (perish the thought) and this was also the time of all the beach movies. This song was sung by Brian Hyland. The authors of this song also wrote the famous (or should I say infamous) "Leader of the Laundromat".

The song begins:

She was afraid to come out of the locker.
She was as nervous as she could be.
She was afraid to come out of the locker.
She was afraid that somebody would see.
(Two, three, four, tell the people,)
(What she wore.)

It was an itsy, bitsy, teenie, weenie,
Yellow, polka dot bikini,
That she wore for the first time today.
An itsy, bitsy, teenie, weenie,
Yellow, polka dot bikini,
So, in the locker she wanted to stay.
(Two, three, four, stick around,)
(We'll tell you more.)

The Purple People Eater

Now I know there is a lot of fascination with aliens but a Purple People Eater? Not only a Purple People Eater,but one who wants to be in a rock'n roll band? Oh, and he eats purple people too. And yes, it hit number one in 1958! It was written and sung by Sheb Wooley. Teenagers were humming and singing about that Purple People Eater and it stuck in people's mind for years.

In the 1960s the Minnesota Vikings were nicknamed the Purple People Eaters and in 1988 there was a movie named "Purple People Eater" starring Ned Beatty, Shelley Winters, and Neil Patrick Harris.

This song begins:

Well I saw the thing coming out of the sky
It had one long horn and one big eye I commenced to shakin' and I said oo-wee
It looks like a purple people eater to me
It was a one-eyed one-horned flying purple people eater
Sure looks good to me

The Little Blue Man

Speaking of aliens, do you remember The Little Blue Man? It never reached number one but stalled at number seventeen in the mid-fifties. It was sung by Bette Johnson. It's a sad, strange song but I remember a kid feeling sorry for the little blue man.

Since this song never reached number one there are no good 'professional' videos but I found this one that fits the song very well.

This song starts out,

One morning when I was out shopping
Though you'll find it hard to believe
A little blue man came out of the crowd
And timidly tugged at my sleeve.

"I wuv you! I wuv you!" said the little blue man
"I wuv you! I wuv you to bits."
"I wuv you!" He loved me said the little blue man
And scared me right out of my wits.

Alley Oop

Comic strips in newspapers were still widely read in the fifties and sixties and everyone was reading Alley Oop. What better way to pay tribute to a comic hero then to write a song about him? The song written by Dallas Frazier was first recorded in 1957 but didn't become popular until it was recorded by The Argyles in 1960. It was later recorded by the Dyno-Sores, Dante and the Evergreens, the Beach Boys, The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, and Darlene Love (for the 1984 movie The Bachelor Party).

Alley Oop starts out,

(Alley Oop, oop, oop-oop)
(Alley Oop, oop, oop-oop)
There's a man in the funny papers we all know (Alley Oop, oop, oop-oop)
He lived 'way back a long time ago (Alley Oop, oop, oop-oop)
He don't eat nothing but'a bearcats do (Alley Oop, oop, oop-oop)
Well this cat's name is'a Alley Oop (Alley Oop, oop, oop-oop)

He got a chauffeur that's a genuwine dinosawruh (Alley Oop, oop, oop-oop)
And he can knuckle your head before you count to fawruh (Alley Oop, oop, oop-oop)

Now that you've go these lovely novelty songs stuck in your head, can you think of others? Monster Mash doesn't count, that one's too well known. Please leave additions or suggestions in your comments so others can read them too!

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    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      Wouldn't that be nice Ashley! Sorry I've taken so long to reply but I've been laid up with a slipped disc.

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      Ashley Jordan 

      5 years ago from North Hollywood, CA

      Novelty songs was refreshing change during 50's & 60's. Where the quality of songs & music were very high. Hope we see more such refreshing changes in current times too.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      Thank you BK42author. Did you know the chipmunks made Purple People Eater popular with a new generation by singing it in one of their movies?

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      Brenda Thornlow 

      5 years ago from New York

      Fun hub! I remember singing Purple People Eater in junio high chorus! Thanks for sharing.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      I love the Beach Boys too Examer. They are one of the few groups I saw perform in person!

      They are songs that stick in your head Carter. What's not to love about a song about a guy from the wrong side of town :) So glad you enjoyed.

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      5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      You've got some interesting ones here Till & as Billy said once you here them you can't get them out of your head..I remember my older sisters singing some of them & still to this day I shudder when I hear some of them:) did love 'leader of the pack though' .. great explanation of why they were written..good job..cheers

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      The Examiner-1 

      5 years ago


      I should have remembered those too. They were more of my favorites. Then again the list is so long...

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      The Examiner-1 

      5 years ago

      Little Deuce Coup was one of my favorites too, tilsontitan. Then again, I loved the Beach Boys and I played all of their songs. I think that I knew all of their songs boy heart at the time.

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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      Now you've taught me something Dolores. I never knew it was backwards on the other side though I do sing it once in a while ;) Thanks for the vote and share.

      Great songs Examiner, Little Deuce Coup was one of my favorites.

      Skeeter Davis was my husband's favorite for many years. You've listed some great ones too. I'm sure we could come up with lots more. Thanks for stopping by Moonlake.

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      5 years ago from America

      I always loved Tell Laura I Love Her I still play it on my iphone I also play by Skeeter Davis - Tell Tommy I Miss Him.

      Scarlet Ribbons

      BIG BAD JOHN ~ Jimmy Dean~ 1961

      16 Tons~ Tennessee Ernie Ford

      Scarlet Ribbons (For Her Hair)~Kingston Trio

      MOCKINGBIRD HILL~ Patti Page

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      The Examiner-1 

      5 years ago

      Beach Boys - "Surfer Girl", "Little Deuce Coup"; Elvis Presley - "Jailhouse Rock", "Love Me Tender"

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      Dolores Monet 

      5 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I love the old novelty songs - they were so catchy and easy to sing along with. You've listed some of my favorites here. I remember my father used to love "They're Coming to Take Me Away," which was about a man driven insane by the ingratitude of his dog. The other side featured the same song played backwards! Voted up and shared!

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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      Really Peg, a Purple People Eater hat? How funny the things we do in our youth.

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      Peg Cole 

      5 years ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      Please, Mr. Custer, I don't want to go. I used to sing that every morning before work. Hahah. And I always cried to "Tell Laura I love her." Oh, you have brought back some fond memories of kooky songs here. I love it. And "Leader of the Pack" wow, vrrrooom, vroom. I'll even admit to owning a Purple People Eater hat back in the day.

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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      Thanks Eddy. Hope you enjoyed the videos.

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      5 years ago from Wales

      Brilliant Mary and voted up for sure.


    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      Thanks for stopping by Deborah, glad you enjoyed the fun.

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      Deborah Neyens 

      5 years ago from Iowa

      I knew a few of these songs, but I really gor a kick out of your old photo. Fun!

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      Suzette Walker 

      5 years ago from Taos, NM

      Surprisingly, no I never saw one at the shore. Hard to believe when the song was so popular at the time. I never had a yellow polka dot bikini either, although I did look for one to buy in the stores. LOL!

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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      You are so welcome Suzette, but you didn't say whether or not you ever saw the yellow polka dot bikini ;)

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      Suzette Walker 

      5 years ago from Taos, NM

      Oh my! What a trip down memory lane this is. I remember some of these songs and my all time favorite being Yellow Polka Dot Bikini! LOL! I think it came out in 1962 or 63. I was a little kid then and went around singing that song all the time and every time we went to the Jersey shore I looked for a Yellow Polka Dot Bikini. LOL! Thank you for the memories.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      I'm sorry Jackie, I don't remember that one.

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      Jackie Houchin 

      6 years ago

      I'm looking for a song about a guy being afraid to go to Africa, but he always has to go. Anyone remember that one? Have the lyrics?

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Jayne I bet we could come up with tons more! Thanks for the b'day wishes!

      You're most welcome Sherry.

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      Sherry Hewins 

      6 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      These old songs are really great. Strange, the only one I don't know is Hey Mister Custer. Thanks for a really fun hub.

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      Jaye Denman 

      6 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Wow! I loved the trip down musical memory lane! Of course, I thought of a couple more to add to your list: "Love Potion Number 9" and "Splish, Splash (I Was Taking a Bath)."

      One thing your hub did is remind me to pull out my large collection of CDs from the 50s, 60s, and 70s and play them.

      Happy Birthday!


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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Its so easy to share what you love with people you care about ;) Thanks for the b'day wishes!

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      Daisy Mariposa 

      6 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)


      What a fun article! Thanks for reminding me about these oldies.

      Happy December 4th Birthday!!!

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Hmm coffeegginmyrice if you're an oldie I must be ancient ;) Glad you enjoyed my hub.

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      What an awesome hub! I am enjoying it so much. I love the old songs and this is one great way of learning about them. The videos are great! Been watching and listening to the Lego soldiers over and over - Battle of New Orleans. I would be so happy to share this to everyone! Pinning too.

      This is a fabulous work, so much entertainment as well! Love it!! I am an oldie, hahahaha.

      Voted all the way up to the skies~

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Thank you so much Epi! I do love the 50s and 60s music...I also appreciate your sharing this with your FB group! Warm wishes right back at that the sun's warming things up its easier to say 'warm' wishes!

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      6 years ago

      a most awesome hub presentation and so much fun - I love the way you put it all together to make it so fabulously entertaining too.

      Will share with my FB group Let's just talk music or cinema - and sending you warm wishes from lake erie time ontario canada 8:01am

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Thanks Bong, that is when I grew up so I can write with authority. Glad you stopped by.

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      Jobb Gosamo 

      6 years ago from Philippines

      I thoroughly enjoyed this one. My, you write about the subject with such an authority! I'm so thankful I paid you a visit, my first time here.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Ah but useless information is always interesting and that was interesting! Thanks Jools.

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      Jools Hogg 

      6 years ago from North-East UK

      Mary, really enjoyed this hub and I have heard quite a lot of these songs already. Bit of useless info for you here - 'Tell Laura I Love Her' was banned from the radio in the UK because it was a 'death ballad' and considered inappropriate for British ears :o)

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Definitely Mohan, we learn a lot through the songs of any era...there are some good teachers who use music and movies in their classrooms. Thanks for the vote.

      Vincent, I was busy in the 70's (with my chidren) but that didn't keep me from enjoying the music. I always love a blast from the that a sign I'm getting oldER?

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      Vincent Moore 

      6 years ago

      I remember them all accept for one Little Blue Man:-)) What a great time I had back in the 60's and 70's I'm so glad I was born in to a great decade of fantastic tunes like these and many more. Thanks for sharing, it was a blast from the past for me.

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      Mohan Kumar 

      6 years ago from UK

      Mary- what a great run through memory lane. I've heard some of these ( itsy bitsy, purple people) and the others are a revelation. They do have the bait of sinking into peoples subconscious and never letting go. As you on some of these what better way to learn history through song... maybe we should teach many things through song! voted up/awesome.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      So glad you enjoyed MPerrottet...these are the songs that stick in your head!

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      Margaret Perrottet 

      6 years ago from San Antonio, FL

      Wow, does this hub bring back memories. I remember all of these songs, and it was lots of fun reading about them. Voted up and interesting!

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      I thought "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah" was great when it came out! Played it over and over. Thanks for commenting RC!

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      6 years ago from Kentucky

      Was not familiar with "Little Blue Man, " but was very familiar with the rest. (It's amazing the way Bette Johnson sounds like a cross between Patti Page and Doris Day) A couple of my favorites from the 60's were Alan Sherman's "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah" and David Seville's "The Witchdoctor." Great Hub! Thoroughly enjoyed!

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      Mary Craig 

      7 years ago from New York

      Midget that's the great part about novelty songs, you can't forget them!

      Sardie glad you enjoyed.

      Peg, you and your husband sure know how to start the day! Look for another one of these hubs from me in the very near future.

      Ignugent its all about the memories. Go glad you could laugh and enjoy.

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      7 years ago

      I liked "Tell Laura I love her" It is very romantic. I find it very funny to remember all those songs. It really bring backs old friends faces and all the great times we had together. They are sometimes silly songs but they sure made us laugh and have fun. Thanks for sharing this!

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      Peg Cole 

      7 years ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      Mary, This was a terrific reminder of those catchy songs that won't leave you alone once you hear them. My hubby makes it a point to sing one for me every morning as a joke. Today, I got him first with "Catch Scratch Fever (dun dun dumm)" now I can't lose it either; it's a double edged sword. LOL. There's also the Theme from Mr. Ed, Gilligan's Island and Little GTO. But wait, there's more...

      Very cool way to start the day with the Shangri-Las. Up up up!

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      7 years ago from Palm Coast FL

      What a neat list of novelty songs, I remember them all. Cool!

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      Michelle Liew 

      7 years ago from Singapore

      Yellow Polka Dot Bikini is still ringing in my head today!! It's one of the songs you cannot forget the ring to!! It forever remains a novelty. Thanks Mary, for sharing!! Voted up, interesting, awesome and shared.

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      Mary Craig 

      7 years ago from New York

      So glad we're on the same page Mama Kim and even more glad you enjoyed! Thanks for reading and the vote.

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      Sasha Kim 

      7 years ago

      Funny, I was just on youtube listening to The Chordettes and Patti Page. A couple of these I've never heard but otherwise I rather enjoy most of them. You did a great job presenting these, I just love knowing the background stories and lyrics. ^_^ voted up!

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      Mary Craig 

      7 years ago from New York

      Some songs, though not classics in the true sense of the word, remain with us forever. I'm glad you enjoyed this lyricwriter and happier still you like this music. I hope it lives on.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      Tillsontitan, this was a cool hub. Love the poka dot song and leader of the pack. These are some classics. I didn't live during this time period but I do enjoy some of the music from this era. This brought back some memories:)

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      Mary Craig 

      7 years ago from New York

      UnnamedHarald, I don't think you missed much not hearing Little Blue Man...I know what you mean about Tell kinda gets to you after a while. Thanks for stopping by!

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      David Hunt 

      7 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

      Great memories, tillsontitan. The only one I don't remember is "Little Blue Man". On the other hand, I still cringe every time I hear whatsisname wail "Tell Laura I love her". Yecch, to quote Mad Magazine.

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      Mary Craig 

      7 years ago from New York

      Glad you enjoyed Lynn. I'd love to think I have power...making everyone have these songs stuck in their heads, but its not my power, its what these novelty songs do!

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      Lynn S. Murphy 

      7 years ago

      Love the songs and have been total favorites except for the little blue alien. hmmm....ok now they're running through my head. Thanks LOL!

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      Mary Craig 

      7 years ago from New York

      Glad I hit your favorites Martie!

      These old songs never die Glimmer.

      Nell, that's what these songs do, they get stuck in your head! Thanks for stopping by. Have a good day.

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      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi Mary, now I got that bikini song in my head! lol! I remember all of these, fun days dancing and singing to them, I don't remember some of the originals I just had some of them on an old tape!

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      7 years ago

      I had an album of novelty songs growing up. My brother and I would listen to them over and over. What a kick!

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      Martie Coetser 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      tillsontitan, you've got all my favorites in here, and especially "Leader of the Pack" :)

      Voted up and awesome!

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      Mary Craig 

      7 years ago from New York

      Janine, what an interesting comment to add to my hub! I know Brian Hyland was no Elvis, but he did have a forever song and its cool your Mom grew up in the same town. Glad you enjoyed.

      Natashalh, glad you found this hub fun even though its about things before your time ;)

      Ah Billy, I wrote this just to stick those songs in your head....oop, oop...

      Lord, I always felt so sorry for the poor little blue man! You're brave to ask for Effer's help on a bikini!!

      Oh Effer, I think "If You Wanna Be Happy" was my theme song ;) You got the name right and the words...of course I remember...we're 'sisters of the skillet' as my Mom used to say!

      Josh, you little whipper snapper, you are too kind. The next war movie hub is in the works but hasn't been published, probably in a couple of days. Thanks for following so closely!!

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      Joshua Zerbini 

      7 years ago from Pennsylvania


      These songs are way before my time for sure! :) I have heard of them though, and you presented them wonderfully! Thanks for the videos, background information, and lyrics. You do a great job with these themes(music and movies). By the way, have you published the next genre of war movies? If so, I think I missed it! if not, I am looking forward to it!

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      7 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Oh Till!! What a fun-walk down Memory Lane! Every word.....I knew every word to every song you listed. Is that a good thing or just another admission of age? There are so many of these "novelty" songs...and you chose some of the best!

      One came to mind...out of the distant past, as I read your hub......I think the name of it was "If You Wanna Be Happy"...but I could be wrong on the name. However, I know the words and I'm sure you do as well..........

      If you wanna be happy for the rest of your life, Never make a pretty woman your wife, Go for my personal point of view....Get an ugly girl to marry you.......Let your friends say you have no taste. go ahead and marry anyway......soon as you make an ugly woman your wife, you'll be happy for the rest of your life...........Remember?

      My head is full of them now that you have kicked the old Juke Box in my mind!!! "Does your Chewing Gum lose it's flavor on the bed post over nite??" lmao..............

      Thanks Til......Love this!!! UP+++

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      Joseph De Cross 

      7 years ago from New York

      Even though I was a 70's 80's fan, I heard these songs. I loved that little blue man. Kinda silly for now, but I was a child . Lol! Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie, Yellow Polka Dot Bikini? I think Effer can help me with that one!

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      Bill Holland 

      7 years ago from Olympia, WA

      The thing about all of these songs that drives me nuts....once you hear them you can't get them out of your head...they are there for days...Alley I'm stuck with it. Thanks a lot, Mary!

      Great hub...lots of fun!

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      7 years ago from Hawaii

      Strangely, I know all of these songs, even though I'm a mid 80s child. I had no idea they were called novelty songs, though. Thanks for the fun hub!

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      Janine Huldie 

      7 years ago from New York, New York

      Even though, I am child of the 70s and 80s, I know many of these songs from my parents who were teenagers at this time in history. Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Bikini artist Brian Hyland actually grew up in the same town as I was born (my mom grew up in this same town and was a few years younger than him) just a coincedence! Anyway, quite enjoyed this and shared and voted too!!

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      Mary Craig 

      7 years ago from New York

      Monster Mash hit the charts and you hit my hub almost instantly! Thanks for stopping by and leaving your insight e-five.

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      John C Thomas 

      7 years ago from Chicago, Illinois, USA

      "Monster Mash" hit the charts about five times every few years around Halloween for a couple of decades. Also, Dickie Goodman had about 12 top 40 hits from the mid-50s to the mid-70s with his comedy/music sample records.


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