The Nutty Squirrels
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The Nutty Squirrels
|Also known as||Shirley & Squirrely|
|Labels||Hanover, RCA, GRT|
|Past members||Don Elliott|
Alexander "Sascha" Burland
The Nutty Squirrels were a scat singing virtual band formed in imitation of Alvin and the Chipmunks. They had a Top 40 hit in late 1959 with the song "Uh-oh". The Squirrels preceded the Chipmunks on television in an animated cartoon but had less success.
After the Chipmunks' initial success in 1958, plans were almost immediately made to make them into an animated cartoon series. Unfortunately, there were some initial art direction snags (specifically with the character designs) and the show was delayed. This gap resulted in a race between the Chipmunks and an imitative group created by jazz musicians Don Elliott and Granville "Sascha" Burland, which they called the Nutty Squirrels.
Both musical groups featured the defining sped-up voices, but Ross Bagdasarian Sr.'s Chipmunks favored popular music while the Squirrels favored jazz, particularly of the bebop variety. Ultimately, the Squirrels made it to television first, in the animated series The Nutty Squirrels Present (appearing in September 1960), but they were not as popular as the originals.
In 1976 Bob Milsap resurrected the act, at first with a novelty single based on the current CB citizens band radio craze, "Hey Shirley (This Is Squirrely)", and followed by two albums (one a Christmas release). Due to legal reasons, his version of the creation went credited under the individual character names, Shirley and Squirrely.
- Don Elliott: vocals, trumpet, vibraphone, possible other instruments
- Alexander "Sascha" Burland: vocals
|1959||The Nutty Squirrels||Hanover|
|1964||The Nutty Squirrels Sing A Hard Day's Night and Other Smashes||MGM|
|1976||Christmas with Shirley & Squirrely (and Melvin Too!) (as Shirley & Squirrely)||GRT|
|1981||Shirley, Squirrely and Melvin: Live (as Shirley & Squirrely)||Excelsior|
|US||US R&B||US Country||CAN Country|
|1959||"Uh! Oh! Part 1"||45||—||—||—||The Nutty Squirrels|
|"Uh! Oh! Part 2"||14||9||—||—|
|"Uh-Huh + 3"||—||—||—||—|
|"Please Don't Take Our Tree for Christmas"||—||—||—||—||N/A|
|1976||"Hey Shirley (This Is Squirrely)" (as Shirley & Squirrely)||48||—||28||15|
|"A Squirrely Christmas" (as Shirley & Squirrely)||—||—||—||—||Christmas with Shirley & Squirrely (and Melvin Too!)|