Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom)

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"Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom)"
Single by Perry Como
B-side "Juke Box Baby"
Released February 1956 (1956-02)
Recorded February 2, 1956
Genre Pop
Length 2:21
Label RCA
Composer(s)
Lyricist(s)
  • Al Hoffman
  • Dick Manning
Perry Como singles chronology
"(There's No Place Like) Home for the Holidays"
(1955)
"Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom)"
(1956)
"More"
(1956)

"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.[citation needed]

Perry Como's recording was done at Webster Hall in New York City. The conductor was Mitchell Ayres and the producer was Joe Carlton. The back-up vocals were provided by the Ray Charles Singers.[1]

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."

At the end of the song, Como exclaimed "HOT DOG!!!!" before the last two chords.

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".

Como's version of the song hit #1 on the American charts in March 1956[2] and reached #4 in the British charts in May.[1]

In popular culture[edit]

The song is briefly heard in the extended DVD cut of the Family Guy episode "Airport '07", during "Peter Griffin's Champagne Dance Party" (a parody of The Lawrence Welk Show). It is also briefly heard in Call the Midwife, Series 1 Episode 6, set in late 1957.

In the late 1970s a version with revised lyrics was used as a TV jingle for Oscar Mayer.

In the early 1990s the song was used in a McDonald's advertising campaign in the UK to promote their new range of hot dogs.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Brown, Tony, Jon Kutner & Neil Warwick, The Complete Book of the British Charts: Singles and Albums, Omnibus Press, London, 2002
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, Billboard Books, New York, 1992