Tubby the Tuba

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About Tubby the Tuba

"Tubby the Tuba" is the title of a 1945 song with lyrics written by Paul Tripp and music composed by George Kleinsinger. The original 1946 recording featured Victor Jory's narration. A second recording, released on the Decca label in 1947, was spoken and sung by Danny Kaye. The song traces its origins back to World War II, following the attack on Pearl Harbor. After Tripp and Kleinsinger performed their first musical piece, the tuba player quipped: "You know, tubas can sing, too. " With this in mind, Tripp wrote the tale of a tuba who found a melody to play, and the pair then made a song out of it. It was not until the war ended that they finally had a hit with "Tubby". The sales success of the tune prompted George Pal to make a 1947 Puppetoon based on it, which was nominated for a Best Animated Short Oscar. It was followed by a 1975 animated feature, which was the first of its kind to take advantage of computer technology. There have been spinoffs involving two other characters from the song, Peepo the Piccolo and Celeste. The Manhattan Transfer recorded an album featuring the character, their only one for children, in 1995; it contained the three sequel songs called "The Further Adventures of Tubby the Tuba", "Tubby the Tuba Joins the Circus", and Tubby the Tuba Meets a Jazz Band". 

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Tubby (Tim Hauser)
Alone am I, me and I together.
If I went away from me, 
How unhappy I would be,
Me and I, oh my.

Bullfrog (Alan Paul)
Bug-Gup! Bug-Gup!
Lovely evening!
Bug-Gup! Bug-Gup!
I said. "lovely evening!"
Clunk! Clunk! Clunk!
I said, "Bee-oo-tiful evening!"
Hello! Bug-Gup!
Hello! Bug-Gup!

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Danny Kaye

Danny Kaye (born David Daniel Kaminsky; 18 January 1913 – 3 March 1987) was a celebrated American actor, singer, dancer, and comedian. His best known performances featured physical comedy, idiosyncratic pantomimes, and rapid-fire nonsense songs. more »

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