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'"Polly Wolly Doodle"' is a traditional American children's song. It was sung by Dan Emmett's Virginia Minstrels, who premiered at New York's Bowery Amphitheatre in February 1843,Lee Davis, Scandals and Follies: The Rise and Fall of the Great Broadway Revue (New York: Limelight Editions, 2000), p. 31., according to http://civilwartalk.com/threads/polly-wolly-doodle.15345/ and is often credited to Emmett (18151904).

It was known to have been performed by the Yale Glee Club in 1878, and was first published in a Harvard student songbook in 1880.

"Polly Wolly Doodle" appears in the manuscript for Laura Ingalls Wilder's novel, 'These Happy Golden Years' (1943), exactly as it is used in the published version.

The melody of the song, as it is usually sung, formed the basis for Boney M.'s hit "Hooray! Hooray! It's a Holi-Holiday" in 1979,https://www.sonymusic.de/kuenstler/boney-m; in German and for Alexandra Burke's song "Start Without You". The tune is also found in children's music, including the Sunday school song "O-B-E-D-I-E-N-C-E", "Radio Lollipop" by the German group die Lollipops, and the 'Barney & Friends' songs "Alphabet Soup" (using only the tune of the first verse) and "If I Had One Wish" (which uses both verses).

Notable recordings

* 1917: Harry C. Browne

* 1926: Gid Tanner and the Skillet Lickers (as "Polly Wolly Doo").

* 1939: Carter Family (as "Polly Wolly Doodle All Day")

* 1940: Shirley Temple

* 1961: Bing Crosby included the song in a medley on his album '101 Gang Songs'.

* 1962: Alvin and the Chipmunks on their album 'The Chipmunk Songbook'

* 1964: Burl Ives

* 1976: Leon Redbone on his album 'On the Track'

* 1979: Boney M. (as "Hooray! Hooray! It's a Holi-Holiday")

* 1979: Baton Baton Mein (as "Uthe sabke Kadam" by Amit Kumar, Pearl, Rajesh Roshan and Yogesh)

* 1989: Wee Sing Fun 'n' Folk

* 1991: The Singing Kettle (as "Mice on Ice" on their 'Christmas Cracker Show' video; coincidentally two years later they recorded "Polly Wolly Doodle" with a different tune and set of lyrics for the 'Adventures in Kettleland' video)

* 2002: VeggieTales on their album on CD, 'Bob and Larry's Backyard Party'

* 2003: The Cheeky Girls (as "(Hooray, Hooray) It's A Cheeky Holiday")

* 2009: Alexandra Burke (as "Start Without You")

Appearances in film and television

* Shirley Temple sings "Polly Wolly Doodle" in the 1935 film 'The Littlest Rebel'.

* The song is featured in two Frank Capra films: 'You Can't Take It with You' (1938) and 'Pocketful of Miracles' (1961).

* The song is the theme of the 1938 'Donald Duck' short film 'Good Scouts', in which it is played over the opening credits and sung by Donald and his nephews on their march.

* Clark Gable sings the song while wildcatting in the 1940 film 'Boomtown'.

* Woody Woodpecker sings the song while driving his car in the opening scene of the 1947 short film 'Well Oiled'.

* Character actor Frank Puglia sings the song continually (and eventually gets the whole Anderson family to sing along) in the first episode of season three of the TV show 'Father Knows Best'. This episode originally aired 12 September 1956.

* The song appears at the 2:19 mark of Sam Peckinpah's 1969 'The Wild Bunch', sung by Strother Martin's character, Coffer.

* Julie Andrews sings the song in the opening faux-musical set piece of 'S.O.B' (1981) and the tune is heard several times throughout the film.

* The Kidsongs kids sing the song in the 1987 video "A Day at the Circus".

* The Juke Box Puppet Band performs the piece in an episode of 'Shining Time Station'

* Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber) sings the song in a 1991 episode of 'Full House'.

* Mr. Hollywood sings the song constantly in episodes of '2 Stupid Dogs'.

* In the video games 'Pokmon Red', 'Green', 'Blue', and 'Yellow', as well as the 'Pokmon: Indigo League' anime, the composition "Road to Viridian City Leaving Pallet Town" sounds similar to "Polly Wolly Doodle".

* The song is played in a get-well card in the 'Monk' season 4 episode "Monk Stays in Bed" (2005).

* In the 'Even Stevens' episode, Little Mr. Sacktown, Beans armpit farts to the tune of Polly Wolly Doodle".

* In the video game 'Red Dead Redemption 2', NPC's can occasionally be heard playing the song on a banjo.


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