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"'The Fountain in the Park'", also known as "'While Strolling Through' (or 'Thru') 'the Park One Day'", is a song by Ed Haley, a member of the vaudeville act the Haley Brothers.. Not to be confused with the blind fiddler and composer, Ed Haley (1885-1951) Some authors believe the song was written by Robert A. Keiser, to whom Haley dedicated the song. The song was published in 1884 by Willis Woodward & Co. of New York, but dates from about 1880. It is best known for the lyric "While strolling through the park one day, in the merry merry month of May," and has been featured in numerous films, including 'Strike Up the Band' (1940), in which it was sung by Judy Garland.

As early as 1938, Shep Fields and his Rippling Rhythm Orchestra recorded the song as a Swing Jazz fox trot entitled 'In the Merry Month of May' for Bluebird Records (#B-7606, 1938) featuring the young concert accordionist John Serry Sr.[https://archive.org/details/78_in-the-merry-month-of-may_shep-fields-and-his-rippling-rhythm-orchestra-shep-fields_gbia0041833b/In+the+Merry+Month+of+May+-+Shep+Fields+and+his+Rippling+Rhythm+Orchestra.flac "In the Merry Month of May" recorded by Shep Fields and his Rippling Rhythm Orchestra on archive.org]

Bing Crosby included the song in a medley on his album '101 Gang Songs' (1961)

and Harrison Schmitt singing "The Fountain in the Park" on the Moon during the Apollo 17 mission

Apollo 17

A few bars of "The Fountain in the Park" were sung on the Moon by NASA Astronauts Harrison Schmitt and Eugene Cernan on the Apollo 17 mission. Schmitt started by singing "I was strolling on the Moon one day..." when Cernan joined in. Cernan kept with the original "merry month of May", however, while Schmitt sang "December", which was the actual date at the time. After a brief debate, Schmitt resumed, singing "When much to my surprise, a pair of bonny eyes..." before humming the notes instead. Moments later, Capsule Communicator Robert A. Parker cut in from Houston, saying "sorry about that, guys, but today may be December."


*'The Hollywood Revue of 1929' (1929)

*'Caught Plastered' (1931)

*'The House on 56th Street' (1933)

*'This Is My Affair' (1937)

*'Idiot's Delight' (1939)

*'The Ice Follies of 1939' (1939)

*'Strike Up the Band' (1940)

*'The Strawberry Blonde' (1941)

*'Elmer's Pet Rabbit' (1941)

*'Unexpected Uncle' (1941)

*'Yankee Doodle Dandy' (1942)

*'Gentleman Jim' (1942)

*'Heaven Can Wait' (1943)

*'Show Business' (1944)

*'Lake Placid Serenade' (1944)

*'I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now' (1947)

*'April Showers' (1948)

*'Mr. Belvedere Rings the Bell' (1951)

*'Million Dollar Mermaid' (1952)

*'The FBI Story' (1959)

*'Arabesque' (1966)

*'Oh! What a Lovely War' (1969)

TV and Animation

*Mickey Mouse short 'The Nifty Nineties'

*Tom and Jerry short 'Baby Puss'

*Bugs Bunny shorts 'Elmer's Pet Rabbit', and 'Bushy Hare'

*Pepe le Pew shorts 'Scentimental Romeo' and 'Heaven Scent'

*'I Love Lucy' episode 'Pioneer Women'.

*'Looney Tunes' short 'The Dover Boys at Pimento University or The Rivals of Roquefort Hall'

*'The Simpsons' episodes "Treehouse of Horror III" and "Brother's Little Helper"

*'Shining Time Station' episode "Schemer's Robot"

*'The Magic School Bus' episodes "Inside Ralphie" and "Goes to Seed"

*'The Real Ghostbusters' episode "Very Beast Friends"

* Alvin and the Chipmunks covered the song for their 1962 album 'The Chipmunk Songbook'

*'Top Cat' episode "The Missing Heir"

*'The Flintstones' episode "The Hot Piano"

*'The Honeymooners' episode "Life Upon the Wicked Stage"

*Used as background music in the 'Animaniacs' episode "Potty Emergency"

*'Sabrina: The Animated Series' episode "Xabrina: Warrior Princess"

*Used instrumentally as a leitmotif whenever the eccentric old gentleman would unexpectedly appear in the 'Merrie Melodies' short 'The Dover Boys' (1942)

*Cassie in 'Dragon Tales' from the episode "I Believe in Me" (from the first half of "I Believe in Me/Bye-Bye Baby Birdie") which was on Season 2 (though she calls it 'While Strolling Dragon Land One Day'; which is sung to the tune of this song) (1999)

*Kermit the Frog in 'Muppets Tonight' (Episode 203: Heather Locklear)


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