"Roly Poly" is a humorous Western swing standard written by Fred Rose in 1946. In the song, Roly Poly is a very active boy who eats continuously to keep his strength up. Each verse ends with:
- Roly Poly, daddy's little fatty,
- Bet he's gonna be a man someday.
"Roly Poly" was first recorded by Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys in 1946, staying on the charts for 18 weeks and reaching #3. It has been recorded by many Western swing bands since. Notable renditions have been recorded by fellow Texan country crooners Jim Reeves and Ray Price.
Chuck Berry's "Roly Poly" is a different song.
Asleep at the Wheel featuring the Dixie Chicks covered the song in 2000. The version was not a single, but charted as an album cut peaking at #65.
The Little Willies covered the song on their 2006 self-titled album.
- ^ Whitburn, The Billboard Book of Top 40 Country Hits, p. 392.
- Whitburn, Joel. The Billboard Book of Top 40 Country Hits. Billboard Books, 2006. ISBN 0-8230-8291-1