On Top of Spaghetti
|"On Top of Spaghetti"|
|Song by Sharon and the Lollipops|
|Composer(s)||music from "On Top of Old Smoky"|
|Lyricist(s)||Sharon Ruth, Philip Anders|
"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 "The Pizza Song". In 1962 Sharon and the Lollipops recorded "On Top of Spaghetti" with a lyric credit to Sharon Ruth. It was released in June 1962 and reviewed by Billboard in its Limited Sales Potential column in June 23 of that year. A version in Swedish was released in 1962 by Snopporna.
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.
- "On Top of a Pizza". 45cat. 1961. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
- "On Top of Spaghetti". 45cat. 1962. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
- 1:36 version on Versatile 112, published by Luristan Music Inc., registered through ASCAP
- "Billboard 23 June 1962 Page 38". Billboard. 1962. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
- "Ta Hit Spettekagan". 45cat. 1962. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
- "On Top of Spaghetti". 45cat. 1963. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
- Archive of CNN.com article discussing Glazer and this song at the Wayback Machine (archived June 11, 2008)
- Rise Up Singing, page 175