On the Good Ship Lollipop

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"On the Good Ship Lollipop"
Song by Shirley Temple
Published 1934
Composer(s) Richard A. Whiting
Lyricist(s) Sidney Clare

"On the Good Ship Lollipop" was the signature song of child actress Shirley Temple.[1][2] Temple first sang it in the 1934 movie Bright Eyes.[3] The song was composed by Richard A. Whiting and the lyrics were supplied by Sidney Clare.

In the song, the "Good Ship Lollipop" travels to a candy land. The "ship" referred to in the song is an aircraft; the scene in Bright Eyes, where the song appears, takes place on a taxiing American Airlines Douglas DC-2.[4][5]

400,000 copies of the sheet music, published by Sam Fox Publishing Company were sold,[5] and a recording by Mae Questel (the cartoon voice of Betty Boop and Olive Oyl) reputedly sold more than two million copies.[6]

In 2004 it finished at #69 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema.

Other recordings[edit]


  1. ^ "Shirley Temple Black, child star who became diplomat, dies at 85". Reuters. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  2. ^ Scott, Mike (11 February 2014). "Remembering Shirley Temple in song, from 'Good Ship Lollipop' to 'Animal Crackers in My Soup'". The Times-Picayune. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  3. ^ "5 films in which Shirley Temple shined - Washington Times". The Washington Times. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  4. ^ Curiously, in the film the floor of the airplane appears to be level, even though the DC-2 is a taildragger, and in real life it would be quite difficult to walk up and down the steeply sloped aisle while the plane is parked or taxiing.
  5. ^ a b Boyes, Laura. "Bright Eyes (1934)". Moviediva. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  6. ^ Lyman, Rick (8 January 1998). "Mae Questel, 89, Behind Betty Boop and Olive Oyl". The New York Times. p. 9. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  7. ^ "The Online Discographical Project". 78discography.com. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  8. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 428. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.
  9. ^ "The Online Discographical Project". 78discography.com. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  10. ^ Crossland, Ken (2013). late Life Jazz: The Life and Career of Rosemary Clooney. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 215. ISBN 978-0-19-979857-5.