Sunday, March 6, 2011

"Witch Doctor" by Ross Bagdasarian, Jr.

OK, more 50's one-hit wonders: This '58 smash hit was written and recorded by "David Seville", a pseudonym. A man in love with a woman who ignores him takes "drastic" measures and is given some advice. Recorded in the artist's bathroom taped at double-speed. Mistakenly thought to be Alvin and The Chipmunks' first recording. It topped the Billboard, Cashbox and R&B charts and sold over one million copies. Covered in Spanish by Manuel "El Loco" Valdes. Song? Artist? For extra credit - advice?

Yesterday's answer: "Take A Letter, Maria" by R. B. Greaves. Tony Orlando and Dawn did a cover and actually many thought it was the original. Remember stenos?

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