Okay, Dr. Seuss doesn't sing this, but if I had listed Thurl Ravenscroft, would you have had any idea who he is?
Actually, there's an interesting story there. The words to the song were written by Dr. Seuss. The music is by Albert Hague (the bearded music teacher on the TV show Fame). The cartoon itself was narrated by the actor Boris Karloff. When the cartoon was aired on TV, Ravenscroft was not given credit, so everyone assumed that Karloff was the vocalist as well. That's really bad because when you are a performer, getting credit for your work is not just a nicety--it's how you get the next job, how you earn your living, so it's a big deal.
Dr. Seuss, (aka Ted Geisel) reportedly felt terrible and called Ravenscroft to apologize--even though it wasn't his fault. He then to the extraordinary step of writing letters to various newspaper columnists around the nation to make sure that Ravenscroft was credited.
Here's a real classic. Enjoy! How can you not love a song that says, "You're a bad banana with a greasy black peel" or "Your brain is full spiders, you've got termites in your soul" or "Your heart is full of unwashed socks..."
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