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The Origin of The Chipmunks.
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"Ross Bagdasarian Sr. (who went by the stage name "David Seville") was an actor who appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window and on Broadway in William Saroyan's Time of Your Life. He wrote novelty dialect songs, including Rosemary Clooney's huge hit "Come On-A My House", and released a few records but his successes never seemed to result in very much money in his pocket. He bought a tape recorder with his last $200 and played around with shifting the speeds, coming up with a novelty song titled "Witch Doctor". He got the single released and two weeks later, he found himself appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show performing the song
The success of "Witch Doctor" gave him the idea of creating characters with sped up voices, so he quickly knocked out a Christmas demo titled "The Chipmunk Song"
and took it to record executives Simon "Sy" Waronker, Theodore "Ted" Keep and Alvin "Al" Bennett at Liberty Records."
Chipmunks through the years:
1960s: The Alvin Show
(including "The Witch Doctor"
with the boys)
1980s: Alvin and the Chipmunks
TV show, The Chipmunk Adventure
(with the all-time sneeringest villains Claudia and Klaus
2000s: Alvin and the Chipmunks
live action/CGI movie