On Top of Spaghetti

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"On Top of Spaghetti"
copyright 1961
Song by Sharon and the Lollipops, Snopporna
Written 1962
Published 1962
Composer(s) traditional, On Top of Old Smoky
Lyricist(s) Philip Anders Tom Glazer, Sharon Ruth, Lars-Henrik
Language English
Recorded by Tom Glazer, Paul Strausman, Bob McGrath, Little Richard

"On Top of Spaghetti" is a ballad and children's song with the best-known performance by folk singer Tom Glazer with the Do-Re-Mi Children's Chorus in 1963. The song is sung to the tune of "On Top of Old Smoky". It is the tale of a meatball that was lost when "somebody sneezed". The song discusses what happened to the meatball after it fell off of a pile of spaghetti and rolled away.

In 1961, to the same tune, Dick Biondi, The 9-Midnight DJ on WLS Chicago (1960–63), had recorded on IRC[1] "The Pizza Song". In 1962[2] Sharon and the Lollipops recorded, on Versatile 112 published by Luristan Music Inc, registered through ASCAP, a 1:36 version of "On Top of Spaghetti" with a lyric credit to Sharon Ruth. Released in June 1962 and reviewed by Billboard under its Limited Sales Potential column in June 23 of that year.[3] A version in Swedish was released in 1962 by Snopporna.[4]

Tom Glazer with the Do-Re-Mi Children's Chorus, extended version was released on Kapp in 1963 with a contradictory lyric credit to Tom Glazer, but no publishing references were noted on the release labels.[5]


  1. ^ "On Top of a Pizza". 45cat. 1961. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "On Top of Spaghetti". 45cat. 1962. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Billboard 23 June 1962 Page 38". Billboard. 1962. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "Ta Hit Spettekagan". 45cat. 1962. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "On Top of Spaghetti". 45cat. 1963. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 

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