Mairzy Doats is a novelty song composed in 1943 by Milton Drake, Al Hoffman and Jerry Livingston. It was first played on radio station WOR in New York, by Al Trace and his Silly Symphonists. The song made the pop charts several times, with a version by The Merry Macs reaching No. 1 in March 1944. In addition to its success on the home front, it was also a hit with American servicemen overseas, who allegedly used its nonsensical lyrics as passwords. This tune is a cover made by The Pied Pipers, most likely in 1944, who were composed of Billy Wilson, Chuck Lowry, Jo Stafford, and her then-husband John Huddleston. They began with the Tommy Dorsey Band in 1939, backing Sinatra on many classic recordings. Their first single ("Deacon Jones"/"Pistol Packin' Mama") was released in 1943.
One of the writers, Milton Drake, says this number is based on an English nursery rhyme. Drake says the idea came to him when his four year old daughter came home singing the English rhyme which starts "Cowzy tweet and sowzy tweet and libble sharksy doisters."
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