This was one of a number of Merrill's songs recorded by Guy Mitchell which were hits for him in 1953. The song went to #16 on the Cashbox charts in August 1953, staying there for 13 weeks. The song went to #4 on the UK charts in November 1953, staying there for 15 weeks.
Not to be confused with a song of a similar name: Chick-A-Boom (Berns, Morrison), as sung by Irish singer Van Morrison in the mid-1960s, and as featured on the Midnight Special collection of early and/or unreleased Van Morrison recordings. Morrison's Chick-A-Boom is a songwriting collaboration with former Brill Building great and co-founder of Bang Records, Bert Berns.