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Actor/Songwriter Rostom Sipan “Ross” Bagdasarian, Sr. had his first number one hit as the artist called David Seville, performing his composition “Witch Doctor.”
But this was not Ross’ his first taste of musical fame. In 1951 Rosemary Clooney had a hit tune with “Come on-a My House.” I loved to see Rosemary perform this tune. See what a great song it is by checking out the You Tube clip below.
Even though Rosemary made this song a hit in 1951 - Ross Bagdasarian and his cousin William Saroyan had composed this tune back in 1939. It was based on an old Armenian Folk song.
Seville, re-recorded the song “Witch Doctor” again in 1960 with his Chipmunk creation for their album and Sixties Cartoon Show and this is when I came to know and love it, watching Alvin and the gang sing it on Saturday morning cartoons as a child. Talk about you infections hook! Every kid knew the lyrics to this one — including me!