Billboard #1 Hits #8- “The Chipmunk Song”- The Chipmunks with David Seville.#1 December 22, 1958- 4 weeks. Released on Liberty Records. Written by Ross Bagdasarian Sr. Genre: Christmas, Novelty. Time: 2:21. B-side:”Almost Good.” Grade: F.
A Christmas novelty song which went to #1. It was sang and recorded by Ross Bagdasarian Sr. who went by the stage name David Seville. This piece of garbage actually won three Grammy Awards [ which tells you a lot about the Grammy Awards} in 1958 for Best Comedy Performance, Best Children’s Recording, and Best Engineered Record. It is also the only Christmas song to reach #1 since they began the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1958. American Bandstand though got it right when in the rate- a record segment it received the lowest possible rating of 35 across the board.
1958 was the year for David Seville- he had a #1 earlier in the year “Witch Doctor.” “The Chipmunk Song” was the last #1 hit for 1958 and the first for 1959. The song like many Christmas songs in the past would have a long life- it would re-enter the charts and peak at #41 in 1959, $45 in 1960, #39 in 1961 and #41 in 1962. Alvin, Simon and Theordore would make a comeback in the late 60’s and be best remembered for their disco hits in the late 70’s under the name The Bee Gees. Just kidding I actually like The Bee Gees a lot.