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Silly Songs of the 60's

Updated on July 12, 2013

Remember these funny Songs from the 60's?

Growing up in the 60's, sometimes funny, sometimes not! But, they sure knew how to write some silly songs that kept us all laughing.

I have put together some the greatest Silly Songs of the 60's, that I could remember, if you have some others that I forgot, I would love if you would remind me.

I hope you enjoy these.

This is my Ringtone on my Phone for my Mom and Dad

Silly Songs
Silly Songs

About Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh

"Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (A Letter from Camp)" is the Grammy-winning novelty song based on letters of complaint that author Allan Sherman received from his son Robert while attending Camp Champlain in Westport, New York. The song is a parody that complains about the fictional "Camp Granada" and is set to the tune of Ponchielli's "Dance of the Hours". The title is taken from the first lines:

Hello Muddah,

Hello Fadduh.

Here I am at Camp Granada.

Camp is very entertaining.

And they say we'll have some fun if it stops raining.

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Tiptoe Through the Tulips - by Tiny Tim

Tiny Tim
Tiny Tim

Little Known Facts about Tiny Tim

Tiny Tim's real name was Herbert Buckingham Khaury (April 12, 1932 - November 30, 1996). He was an American singer and ukulele player. He was most famous for his rendition of "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" sung in a distinctive high falsetto/vibrato voice (though other performances reveal a broader vocal range). While Tiny Tim was sometimes regarded as a novelty act, his recordings demonstrate a wide knowledge of American popular songs, particularly of the early 20th century.

Throughout the 1950s and early 1960s, Tiny Tim developed something of a cult following. In the 1960s he was seen regularly near the Harvard University campus as a street performer, singing old Tin Pan Alley tunes. His choice of repertoire and his encyclopedic knowledge of vintage popular music impressed many of the spectators. One admirer, Norman Kay, recalled that his outrageous public persona was a false front belying a quiet, studious personality: "Herb Khaury was the greatest put-on artist in the world. Here he was with the long hair and the cheap suit and the high voice, but when you spoke to him he talked like a college professor. He knew everything about the old songs."

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Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Polka Dot Bikini

itsy bitsy teenie weenie yellow polkadot bikini
itsy bitsy teenie weenie yellow polkadot bikini

About Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini

"Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" is a novelty song telling the story of a shy girl wearing a revealing polka dot bikini at the beach, who in the first verse is too afraid to leave the locker where she has changed into her bikini; in the second, she has made it to the beach but sits on the sand wrapped in a blanket; and in the closing verse, she has finally gone into the ocean, but is too afraid to come out, and stays immersed in the water - despite the fact that she's "turning blue", to quote the song's lyrics - to hide herself from view.

It was written by Paul Vance and Lee Pockriss and first released in June 1960 by Brian Hyland with orchestra conducted by John Dixon as "Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polkadot Bikini." Hyland's version hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on August 8, 1960 and also made the top 10 in other countries, including #8 on the UK Singles Chart. Trudy Packer recited the phrases "One, two, three, four/Tell the people what she wore", heard at the end of each verse before the chorus; and "Stick around, we'll tell you more", heard after the first chorus and before the start of the second verse

Thanks Wikipedia for this information

Don't Let The Rain Come Down (Crooked Little Man)

Silly songs
Silly songs

About the song, "Don't Let the Rain Come Down"

"Don't Let the Rain Come Down (Crooked Little Man)" was a folk music single, the debut recording by the Serendipity Singers in 1964. The song was written by rockabilly singer songwriter Ersel Hickey. The lyrics were based on the English nursery rhyme There Was A Crooked Man, with a calypso music based melody. It reached #2 on the U.S. Adult Contemporary chart and #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in May 1964, and topped the 17 April 1964 WLS Silver Dollar Survey, in the middle of Beatlemania. It was released on their debut album, The Serendipity Singers.

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Gitarzan by Ray Stevens

Silly Songs
Silly Songs

About Gitarzan

"Gitarzan" is a novelty song released by Ray Stevens in 1969, about a character who lives in a jungle and forms a musical band with his female partner, Jane, and their pet monkey. The song reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April 1969, and #10 in Canada in May 1969. The music and lyrics were written by Stevens with a title supplied by Bill Justis.

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Ahab the Arab

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Silly songs

About Ahab the Arab

The song Ahab the Arab portrays a "sheik of the burning sands" named Ahab. He is highly decorated with jewelry, and every night he hops on Clyde, his camel, on his way to see Fatima, who is the best dancer in the Sultan's harem. Fatima is described with a modified quote from the 1909 hit, "I've Got Rings On My Fingers": "with rings on her fingers and bells on her toes and a bone in her nose, ho ho". During the ride, Ahab "speaks" (actually, sings/chants in a pseudo Middle Eastern style) in mock Arabic. (A later version adds the advertising catch phrase "Sold, American!" to the end of one chant.)

When Ahab finds Fatima in her tent, she is "eating on a raisin, grape, apricot, pomegranate, bowl of chittlins, two bananas, three Hershey bars, sipping on an ice cold Coca-Cola, listenin' to her transistor, watchin' the Grand Ole Opry on the tube, readin' a Mad Magazine while she sung, 'Does your chewing gum lose its flavor?'".

The second time that Ahab speaks in his phony Arabic chant, the translation is, "Let's twist again like we did last summer, baby!"--a line from a song by Chubby Checker.

Ahab loves Fatima, which apparently doesn't sit too well with the Sultan, and later prompts an escape attempt. (The later version neglects to mention the escape attempt at all, instead ending the song with Fatima saying, "Crazy, baby!")

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Wooly Bully

Silly 60's Songs
Silly 60's Songs

Facts about the song, Wooly Bully and it's creators Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs

"Wooly Bully" is a popular song originally recorded by novelty rock 'n' roll band Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs in 1965. Based on a standard 12-bar blues progression, it was written by the band's leader, Domingo "Sam" Samudio.

"Wooly Bully" was the band's first and biggest hit. It became a worldwide sensation, selling three million copies and reaching No. 2 on the American Hot 100 chart on June 5, 1965, kept off the top by The Beach Boys' "Help Me, Rhonda". It was the first American record to sell a million copies during the British Invasion and was influenced by the British rock sound which was mixed with traditional Mexican-American conjunto rhythms. It stayed in the Hot 100 for a then-impressive 18 weeks, and was nominated for a Grammy Award. It was also named Billboard's "Number One Record of the Year" despite never reaching No. 1;

As the Pharaohs prepared to write their debut album, lead singer "Sam the Sham" (Domingo Samudio) wanted to write a tribute to the Hully Gully dance. His record label's legal department feared using that title due to the existence of another song with a similar title. The song was given the green light after Sam rewrote the lyrics and replaced "Hully Gully" with "Wooly Bully".

The lyrics of "Wooly Bully" were hard to understand, and some radio stations banned the song. The lyrics describe a conversation between "Hattie" and "Matty" concerning the American Bison and the desirability of developing dancing skills. The warning, "Let's not be L-7's", means "Let's not be squares", from the shape formed by the fingers making an L on one hand and a 7 on the other. Sam the Sham underscores the Tex-Mex nature of the song by counting out the rhythm in Spanish and English, and the characteristic simple organ riffing. According to Sam: "The name of my cat was 'Wooly Bully', so I started from there. The count down part of the song was also not planned. I was just goofing around and counted off in Tex-Mex. It just blew everybody away, and actually, I wanted it taken off the record. We did three takes, all of them different, and they took the first take and released it."

Thanks Wikipedia for this information.

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Who can forget "Monster Mash"?

Silly 60's Songs
Silly 60's Songs

About Monster Mash

"Monster Mash" is a 1962 novelty song and the best-known song by Bobby "Boris" Pickett. The song was released as a single on Gary S. Paxton's Garpax Records label in August 1962 along with a full-length LP called The Original Monster Mash, which contained several other monster-themed tunes. The "Monster Mash" single reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on October 20 of that year, just in time for Halloween. It has been a perennial holiday favorite ever since.

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Greatest Silly 60's Songs

Funny 50's & Silly 60's
Funny 50's & Silly 60's

Except for Weird Al Yankovic, pop music today suffers from a severe lack of the novelty rock or pop song or spoof. Listening to the Re-Bops unearth the lost treasures of noveltyland from the 1950s and '60s, one can't help but wonder why the form has fallen on such hard times. Here there's not only a first-rate collection of oddball songs but some insights into the period as well: "The Martian Hop" and "Purple People Eater" were hits at the dawn of the space age, light years before there was any talk of alien abductions in the culture. On the flesh front, "Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" serves up a tiny bit of body talk. Then there's just the rich throwaway lyrics of "Wooly Bully," "Surfin' Bird," and the truly ga-ga thrills of that real nonsong "Mah Na, Mah Na," whose nonsense lyrics are a cross between scat singing and baby gibberish. Add "Name Game," "Witch Doctor" (made popular again recently by the first Rugrats movie soundtrack), "Yakety Yak," and others, and suddenly old novelties seem brand new again. Loads of fractured fun. --Martin Keller

 
A Child's Celebration of Rock 'n' Roll
A Child's Celebration of Rock 'n' Roll

You and your child will move to the groove, boogie with the backbeat, and sing the sometimes-silly lyrics to these rock 'n' roll classics right out loud. Transported from the days of soda fountains, poodle skirts, and drive-in burger joints, these playful, exuberant songs are as infectious today as they were in the '50s and '60s. Hey, they might even get Grandma and Grandpa tapping a toe or two.

 
My Doo-Wopp Collection: The Black Group Sound, Volume Two
My Doo-Wopp Collection: The Black Group Sound, Volume Two

Song list: 1. Take It Easy Baby-Love-Tones, 2. Rag Mop-4-Kings, 3. My Hearts Crying-Flairs, 4. Is It Too Late-Morris Wade & The 4-Pharohs, 5. Darling Patricia-Artie Wilkins & The Palms, 6. Moments Like This-Baltineers, 7. New Love-Baltineers, 8. Baby-Bachelors, 9. Silly Willie-El Vieros, 10. Say That You Me-Del Chords, 11. My Baby Dearest Darling-Monogram, 12. Let's Make Up-Flamingos, 13. Love Me Girl-Flairs, 14. Lock My Heart-Sharps, 15. Charlie Chan-Sounds, 16. Magic Kiss-Keystoners, 17. Teenagers Love Song-Pharoahs, 18. Someone Like You-Monterays, 19. The Chickie-Goo-Metronomes, 20. Love You Till The Day I Die-Heartbreakers, 21. Everyone Should Know-Jayhawks, 22. Right Now-5-Vets, 23. Do You Love Her-Impressors, 24. Here Those Wedding Bells-Rommels, 25. Hy Wocky Toomba-Mighty Jupiters, 26. Honey Love-Crowns, 27. Delores-Bachelors, 28. Angel Of My Dreams-Sonnets, 29. A Man Is Not Supposed To Cry-Masters, and 30. White Cliffs Of Dover-Pharoahs

 

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      Elaine Chen 4 years ago

      those silly songs are new to me, i just know one among these.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Lots of new stuff for me here! Thanks for sharing!

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      Lee Hansen 4 years ago from Vermont

      I remember all these plus quite a few from the fifties. I would listen to AM radio from Boston in the morning coming from my parents clock radio. That's where I also heard my first folk music, on WBZ radio.

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      MyFairLadyah2 4 years ago

      I remember a lot of other songs we sung at camp. Some were folk songs and some were well known songs with different words and then there was "Shaving cream, be nice and clean ... "

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      I love these songs. I didn't know all of them, maybe a generational thing or maybe because I am on the other side of the world?

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      Belle13Dreams 5 years ago

      I love 60's. I found here some songs I've never heard before! Silly, funny ones! :)

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      Escapes2 5 years ago

      Those songs brought back a lot of memories!

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      EMangl 5 years ago

      tiny tim forever :-)

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      jdwheeler 5 years ago

      Great list! I had such a fun time listening to these silly songs. Makes me think I might could write one some day. Lol.

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      poutine 5 years ago

      Fun retro music lens.

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      ShariSmith 5 years ago

      Will visit this lens again and again...

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      These were fun!

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      Mark Shearman 5 years ago from Alicante Spain

      That was fun!

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      jazziyarbrough 5 years ago

      Yes, I like Tiny Tim, thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I remember a song that had the line..."well hold on bunkey" so something to that effect. does anyone else remember this song and who sang it???I believe it was in the early 60s

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      mel-kav 5 years ago

      Great lens!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I remember all of these and Ray Stevens kept pumping them out. They're Coming to Take Me Away! Ha ha, hee, hee....

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      burntchestnut 5 years ago

      I loved Ray Stevens!

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      RazzbarryBreeze 5 years ago

      Great lens... Sounds like it was a fun one to create! Nice job...

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 5 years ago from Texas

      Oh yea, I remember these. Lots of fun ones here!!

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      grnidlady 5 years ago

      awesome lens! thanks for the nostalgic trip!

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      Debbie 5 years ago from England

      I remember most of these as I grew up in the 60's too! What about adding Yellow submarine to the list? That's a bit silly LOL! Fun lens :)

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      MariaMontgomery 5 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      This lens was such fun. It was truly a trip down memory lane. Get it? A "trip"? (Grin)