Ross Bagdasarian, who as David Seville, had a huge numbeer one hit with “With Doctor,” in which he speeded-up the voices in some of the lyrics. While driving one day, he just missed hitting a chipmunk in the road and so an idea was born.
Al Bennett was the president of Liberty Records. His partner was Si Waronker, Ted Kemp was a recording engineer for the company. And so Alvin, Simon, and Theodore entered music history.
“The Chipmunk Song” sold over 2 and 1/2 million copies. It reached number one on the BILLBOARD Hot 100 December 22, 1958, and remained at the top for four weeks.
The Chipmunks are one of very few 1950s artists who are still active today. Their movies remain popular and their albums still sell millions of copies.