Witch Doctor 45 by David Seville

November 11, 2013

Ross Bagdasarian (1919-1971), better known as David Seville, and most famous for his creation Alvin and the Chipmunks, had the first of his two number one songs when “With Doctor” reached the top of the charts April 28, 1959.

I was in the third grade at the time but I remember this song as one I heard over and over again on the radio. It was a novelty song with the vocal at double speed; a technique he would use with Alvin and the Chipmunks. It was a unique concept that would define his career.

“Witch Doctor” did not top the Most Played By DJ’s Chart but spent one week at number one on the Most Sld In Stores Chart and three weeks at the top of the BILLBOARD Top 100 Chart. It even reach number one on the R&B Chart, which a real real stretch.

Seville would go on to place 22 songs on the charts before his career and concept petered out in 1962.

We are left with one of the memorable line of the pre-Beatles rock and roll era – “Oo-ee-oo-aa-ah, ting-tang, walla walla bing-bang.”