Chipmunks Hula Hoop Song: The Full Story
Every holiday season in our quest to share the best of all things hooping, we begin running into The Chipmunk Song, everywhere. We’ve heard it so many times over the years that when someone asked us about it, we were surprised to realize we didn’t really know too much about it at all. That’s why we proceeded to find out.
The Chipmunks Hula Hoop Song is actually called “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)”. It was written by Ross Bagdasarian, Sr., better known under his performing alias David Seville. It was sung by Seville himself using a high-pitched chipmunk voice, even though the record gives credit to a fictitious singing group called The Chipmunks with Alvin, Simon and Theodore.
The song was first released in 1958 and it won three Grammy Awards including Best Comedy Performance, Best Children’s Recording and Best Engineered Record. The song hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Pop Singles chart too, becoming the only Christmas record ever to do so. It sold 4.5 million copies in just seven weeks. The single also returned and re-entered the hot 100 annually in 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962 and 1963. Give it a listen below.