|Single by The Wiggles|
|from the album Hoop-Dee-Doo! It's a Wiggly Party!|
|Composer(s)||Milton De Lugg|
"Hoop-Dee-Doo" is a popular song published in 1950 with music by Milton De Lugg and lyrics by Frank Loesser and released as a single by Australian children's band The Wiggles from their 2001 album Hoop-Dee-Doo! It's a Wiggly Party!.
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, there was an even earlier American usage.
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, and released by RCA Victor Records as catalog number 20-3747 (78rpm) and 47-3747 (45rpm) in the United States, and by HMV as a 78rpm record, catalog number B-9925. The flip side of the US release by RCA Victor was "On the Outgoing Tide", and the flip side of the UK release by HMV was "I Wanna Go Home (with You)". It first reached the Billboard magazine Best Seller chart on April 21, 1950, and lasted 17 weeks on the chart, peaking at #4. Other sources 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". It first reached the Billboard Best Seller chart on May 12, 1950, and lasted 8 weeks on the chart, peaking at #14. Other sources 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".
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". It first reached the Billboard Best Seller chart on May 19, 1950, and lasted 5 weeks on the chart, peaking at #18. Other sources indicate that Day's 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 and 28024. It entered the Billboard chart on May 27, 1950, and peaked at position #15. This recording was issued in the United Kingdom by Brunswick Records as catalog number 04510. All versions were released with the flip side "Down the Lane" except that Decca 28024 was issued with the flip side "Metro Polka".
- The Ames Brothers (released in 1950 by Coral Records as catalog number 60209, with the flip side "Stars Are the Windows of Heaven", also released in 1951 by Coral as catalog number 60397, with the flip side "Rag Mop").
- Milton DeLugg (released in 1953 by King Records as catalog number 15037, with the flip side "Zone 28").
- Buddy Lyn Singers (released by MGM Records as catalog number 10702, with the flip side "Down the Lane").
- The Tavern Polka Band (released by RCA Victor Records as catalog number 20-3855, with the flip side "There Is a Tavern in the Town").
- Lawrence Welk (released by Mercury Records as catalog number 5419, with the flip side "If You Can't Get a Doctor").
- The Wiggles sang this song on their album and video, "Hoop-Dee-Doo, It's a Wiggly Party".
- Eddy Arnold performed the song in his TV Show Eddy Arnold Time.
- Lisbeth Bodin and Harry Lindblom recorded the Swedish version "Hoppla-hej" (written by Gunnar Wersén) in Stockholm on September 21, 1951. It was released on the 78 rpm record Cupol 4394.
- World Wide Words: Michael Quinion writes on international English from a British viewpoint
- Discographic data for "Hoop-Dee-Doo" on Perry Como site
- RCA Victor Records in the 20-3500 to 20-3999 series
- Whitburn, Joel (1973). Top Pop Records 1940-1955. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research.
- Lonergan, David (January 28, 2004). Hit Records 1950-1975. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press. ISBN 978-0-8108-5129-0.
- Whitburn, Joel (1999). Joel Whitburn Presents a Century of Pop Music. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research. ISBN 0-89820-135-7.
- Capitol Records in the 500 to 999 series
- UK Capitol Records in the CL-13200 to CL-13999 series
- Columbia Records in the 38500 to 38999 series
- Decca Records in the 24500 to 24996 series
- Decca Records in the 28000 to 28499 series
- UK Brunswick records in series up to 04999
- Coral Records in the 60000 to 60999 series
- King Records in the 15000 to 15225 series
- King Records in the 15000 to 15225 series, alternate discography
- MGM Records in the 10500 to 10999 series
- Mercury Records in the 5000 to 5499 series
- Eddy Arnold Sings The Hits, Hits from the TV Show "Eddy Arnold Time", Passport Video, 2005