January 26, 2012 by staff
Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah, “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” is a song from the Disney 1946 live action and animated movie Song of the South, sung by James Baskett. With music by Allie Wrubel and lyrics by Ray Gilbert, “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. It was the second in a long line of Disney songs to win this award, after “When You Wish upon a Star” from Pinocchio.
For many years the song was part of an opening theme medley for the Wonderful World of Disney television program and it has often been used in other TV and video productions by the studio. It is one of many popular songs that features a bluebird (“Mr. Bluebird on my shoulder”), epitomized by the “Bluebird of Happiness,” as a symbol of cheer.
The Kingsmen sang this song during a special episode of Fibber McGee and Molly to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the show’s sponsor, S.C. Johnson Company The rendition of the song mentions the sponsor within the lyrics “It’s true/It’s actual/Everything is Johnson’s Wax-ual.”
Johnny Mercer had a #8 hit with his rendition of the song in 1947.
Guy Mitchell released a cover in 1961.
Connie Francis recorded the song in April 1962 for her album Connie Francis sings Award Winning Motion Picture Hits. The original recording of the Francis version appeared only on the Australia and New Zealand releases of the album. On all other international releases of the album the song appears with a new orchestration (recorded in March 1963) while keeping Francis’ original 1962 vocals.
Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans, a Phil Spector-produced trio from Los Angeles, recorded this song in late 1962, hitting #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1963. This version peaked at #45 in the UK Singles Chart in 1963.
Freddie and the Dreamers included the song in their 1963 like-titled album, Freddie and the Dreamers.
The Hollies recorded a version in 1963 with their original drummer. It is only available on the compilation, The French EP Collection, Vol. 1.
The Dave Clark Five recorded the song for their first UK album, A Session with The Dave Clark Five in 1964.
Doris Day recorded the song in 1964 for her album With a smile and a song.
Louis Armstrong recorded an LP called Disney Songs The Satchmo Way in 1968 featuring a number of Disney songs including “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah.”
The Gaylettes, a Jamaican ska group, covered the song in the late 1960s.
The Jackson 5 covered it as the first song on their first LP, Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5 in 1969.
Muppet bunnies perofrmed this song on a 1980 episode of The Muppet Show.
Steve Miller included a version on his Born 2 B Blue album (1988).
Actor Chevy Chase sings this song in the 1989 Universal Pictures comedy film Fletch Lives.
Sun Ra included a version on his Second Star to the Right album (1989).
On the direct-to-video/album release Simply Mad About the Mouse in 1991, a rotoscoped Ric Ocasek sings the song.
Paula Abdul recorded the song with a pop twist to it for the album “For Our Children” in 1992.
The Australian children’s show Play School recorded a version of the song for the album Play School in the Car.
Mannheim Steamroller covered the song on their 1999 album, Mannheim Steamroller Meets the Mouse.
A Eurobeatversion of the song was created for Dance Dance Revolution: Disney Mix]] in 2000. The artist is Domino.
Stevie Brock sings this song on DisneyMania Vol. 2 CD in 2004.
Aly & AJ sings this song on DisneyMania Vol. 3 CD in 2005.
Miley Cyrus sings this song on DisneyMania Vol.4 CD in 2006.
Japanese singer Ami Suzuki sings this song for a Disney Music Store Japan special promotion in December 2006.
Diana Ross & The Supremes recorded a version of this song for their unreleased album, Diana Ross & The Supremes Sing Disney Classics.
John Tartaglia and the cast of Johnny and the Sprites will cover this for Disney Music Block Party.
British comedian Bill Bailey performs a “Portishead” version of the song in his Part Troll show as a proposed new British national anthem.
The Mummies cover the song on the album, Death by Unga Bunga!!
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