Come On-a My House

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"Come On-a My House"
Single by Rosemary Clooney
B-side"Rose of the Mountain"[1]
RecordedJune 6, 1951 (1951-06-06)[1][2]
Songwriter(s)Ross Bagdasarian, William Saroyan
Producer(s)Mitch Miller
Rosemary Clooney singles chronology
"The Lady Is a Tramp"
"Come On-a My House"
"Find Me"

"Come On-a My House" is a song performed by Rosemary Clooney and originally released in 1951. It was written by Ross Bagdasarian and his cousin, Armenian-American Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Saroyan, while driving across New Mexico in the summer of 1939. The melody is based on an Armenian folk song. The lyrics reference traditional Armenian customs of inviting over relatives and friends and providing them with a generously overflowing table of fruits, nuts, seeds, and other foods.

It was not performed until the 1950 off-Broadway production of The Son. The song did not become a hit until the release of Clooney's recording. It was probably Saroyan's only effort at popular songwriting, and it was one of Bagdasarian's few well-known works that was not connected to his best-known creation, Alvin and the Chipmunks. Bagdasarian, as David Seville, went on to much fame with his Chipmunks recordings.

Rosemary Clooney's original hit version[edit]

The song was first performed during 1950 in an off-Broadway production of The Son, but did not become a hit until the release of Clooney's recording.

A major hit for Clooney in 1951, it was the first of a number of dialect songs she did. She recorded it in the early part of 1951, with Mitch Miller leading an ensemble of four musicians, including harpsichordist Stan Freeman. It reached number one on the Billboard charts, staying in the top position for six weeks.

Clooney sang the song in the 1953 film The Stars Are Singing, in a scene where she ended up mocking it, remarking that no one would listen to it.

Although she performed "Come On-a My House" for many years, Clooney later confessed that she hated the song. She said she had been given a practice record of it and had told Miller it was not for her. Miller gave her an ultimatum: record the song or be fired. During a 1988 interview, Clooney said that whenever she listened to the recording, she could hear the anger in her voice from being forced to sing it.[4][5]

Cover versions[edit]

  • American country-music artist K. T. Oslin covered the song on her 2001 album, Live Close By, Visit Often. Her version reached number 40 on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play charts. It spent six weeks on the chart before peaking in June 2001. It is her only song to chart on the Dance Club songs list.[6]


In late 1951, MGM Records released a novelty answer song, "Where's-a Your House?", which charted on the Cash Box Hot 50 list. Sung by Robert Q. Lewis in dialect, the tune details the singer's frustrated attempts to follow up "Rosie's" invitation.

Also in 1951, Mickey Katz released a Yiddish parody for Capitol Records.

In 1974, American rock band Sparks titled their third album Kimono My House, a pun on the song's title.

In 1978, on the episode of M*A*S*H entitled "Major Topper", the eccentric "Boot" Miller (played by Hamilton Camp), apparently believing that he is Rosemary Clooney, sings "Come On-a My House" into a "microphone" ladle in the mess tent.[7]


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