Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom)
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|"Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom)"|
|Written by||Al Hoffman, Dick Manning|
|Original artist||Perry Como|
"Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom)" is an American popular song written by Al Hoffman and Dick Manning. Published in 1956, it was recorded by Perry Como and went to #1 on the Billboard pop music chart later that year. The song's melody is based on Emmanuel Chabrier's 1883 composition, España.
Perry Como's recording was done at Webster Hall in New York City. The conductor was Mitchell Ayres and the producer was Joe Carlton. One small bit of trivia: The regular guitarist had injured his wrist and the Musicians Union sent a last minute replacement; a young 19 year old Juilliard student named Bill Aken (aka Zane Ashton) who would become a well-known musician in his own right.
The nonsense phrase of the song's title, repeated throughout the song, is used as counterpoint to the lines it precedes in the lyrics, as in the following excerpt:
- "Hot diggity, dog ziggity, boom
- What you do to me,
- When you're holding me tight."
The phrase "hot diggity dog!" dates to at least 1928, when Al Jolson was recorded saying "Hot diggity dog! Hot kitty! Hot pussycat! Didn't I tell you you'd love it?" after a performance of the tune "There's a Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder".
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