Hoop-Dee-Doo

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"Hoop-Dee-Doo"
Music by Milton De Lugg
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Published 1950
Language English
Recorded by Perry Como and The Fontane Sisters
Kay Starr
Doris Day
Russ Morgan and his orchestra
See also #Other versions

"Hoop-Dee-Doo" is a popular song published in 1950 with music by Milton De Lugg and lyrics by Frank Loesser.

The lyrics of this song are sometimes cited for their use of the phrase "soup and fish", meaning a man's formal dinner suit. This phrase is commonly thought to have originated with P.G. Wodehouse's "Bertie Wooster" stories, but according to the website World Wide Words ([1]), it was an even earlier American usage.

Recorded versions[edit]

Charting versions[edit]

The most popular recording of the song was made by Perry Como and The Fontane Sisters, with Mitchell Ayres' Orchestra. It was recorded on March 16, 1950[2] and released by RCA Victor Records as catalog number 20-3747 (78rpm)[2][3] and 47-3747 (45rpm)[2] in the United States of America, and by HMV as a 78rpm record, catalog number B-9925.[2] The flip side of the US release by RCA Victor was "On the Outgoing Tide",[2][3] and the flip side of the UK release by HMV was "I Wanna Go Home (with You)".[2] It first reached the Billboard magazine Best Seller chart on April 21, 1950 and lasted 17 weeks on the chart, peaking at #4.[4] Other sources[5][6] indicate that the Como recording of the song reached #1 on some of the Billboard charts of the day.

The recording by Kay Starr was recorded on March 31, 1950 and released by Capitol Records as catalog number 980, with the flip side "A Woman Likes to Be Told".[7] It first reached the Billboard magazine Best Seller chart on May 12, 1950 and lasted 8 weeks on the chart, peaking at #14.[4] Other sources[5][6] indicate that the Starr recording of the song reached #2 on some of the Billboard charts of the day, first entering the chart on May 6. The Starr recording was also issued by Capitol in the United Kingdom in 1950 as catalog number CL-13309, with the flip side "Poor Papa"[8]

The recording by Doris Day was recorded in March 1950 and released by Columbia Records as catalog number 38771, with the flip side "Marriage Ties".[9] It first reached the Billboard magazine Best Seller chart on May 19, 1950 and lasted 5 weeks on the chart, peaking at #18.[4] Other sources[5] indicate that the Day recording of the song reached #17 on some of the Billboard charts of the day, first entering the chart on May 6.

The recording by Russ Morgan and his orchestra was released by Decca Records as catalog numbers 24986[10] and 28024.[11] It entered the Billboard chart on May 27, 1950 and peaked at position #15.[5] This recording was issued in the United Kingdom by Brunswick Records as catalog number 04510.[12] All versions were released with the flip side "Down the Lane"[10][12] except that Decca 28024 was issued with the flip side "Metro Polka".[11]

Other versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ World Wide Words: Michael Quinion writes on international English from a British viewpoint
  2. ^ a b c d e f Discographic data for "Hoop-Dee-Doo" on Perry Como site
  3. ^ a b c RCA Victor Records in the 20-3500 to 20-3999 series
  4. ^ a b c Whitburn, Joel (1973). Top Pop Records 1940-1955. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research. 
  5. ^ a b c d Lonergan, David (2004-01-28). Hit Records 1950-1975. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press. ISBN 978-0-8108-5129-0. 
  6. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (1999). Joel Whitburn Presents a Century of Pop Music. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research. ISBN 0-89820-135-7. 
  7. ^ Capitol Records in the 500 to 999 series
  8. ^ UK Capitol Records in the CL-13200 to CL-13999 series
  9. ^ Columbia Records in the 38500 to 38999 series
  10. ^ a b Decca Records in the 24500 to 24996 series
  11. ^ a b Decca Records in the 28000 to 28499 series
  12. ^ a b UK Brunswick records in series up to 04999
  13. ^ Coral Records in the 60000 to 60999 series
  14. ^ King Records in the 15000 to 15225 series
  15. ^ King Records in the 15000 to 15225 series, alternate discography
  16. ^ MGM Records in the 10500 to 10999 series
  17. ^ Mercury Records in the 5000 to 5499 series
  18. ^ Eddy Arnold Sings The Hits, Hits from the TV Show "Eddy Arnold Time", Passport Video, 2005