(CBSDFW.COM) – If you lived during the 60’s and 70’s, you most likely heard certain types of songs on Top 40 Radio known today as “novelty songs” or “silly songs.”
A novelty song is typically a comical song or song that make little or no sense in nature: nothing too terribly serious. These songs go back to the 19th century but they were a part of early Top 40 radio. Sometimes they were based on current events and then “spoofed” on the record. In any event, they were songs that made you laugh or feel good. Today you really don’t hear a novelty song on over the air contemporary hit radio (CHR) radio stations, today’s name for Top 40 radio.
While there are various websites that rank novelty songs based on certain criteria, below is a list of songs that have been my favorite (in no particular order):
1. They’re Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa (Napoleon XIV)
2. Monster Mash (Bobby “Boris” Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers)
3. Witch Doctor (David Seville)….the guy that created Alvin & The Chipmunks
4. King Tut (Steve Martin)
5. The Streak (Ray Stevens)
6. Disco Duck (Rick Dees and his Cast Of Idiots)…former Los Angeles DJ on 93 KHJ and 102.7 KISS-FM (KIIS-FM)
7. The Name Game (Shirley Ellis)
8. My Ding-a-Ling (Chuck Berry)
9. Curley Shuffle (Jump In The Saddle Band)…….based on Jerome “Curley” Howard of The Three Stooges
10. Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead (The Fifth Estate)
11. The Jolly Green Giant (The Kingsmen)
12. Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)…The Hombres
13. Short Shorts (Royal Teens)
14. Convoy (C.W. McCall)
15. Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini (Bryan Hyland)
But there was one song from 1970 that is my favorite. Hitting #9 on the Billboard Top after 10 weeks on the charts, a vocal duo from England, Roger Greenaway and Tony Burrows, recorded a song that was featured in the British TV show “Oliver & The Overload”. Burrows was also a singer with groups such as Edison Lighthouse and White Plains. Greenaway was best known as a songwriter in that day. The song, written by Albert Hammond (who sang “It Never Rains In Southern California”) and Mike Hazelwood, was called, “Gimme Dat Ding”…..and here it is.
To hear some of favorite novelty songs, tune to Sirius XM 60’s on 6 and 70’s on 7!
See you next time!