Despite the popularity of the title "The Riddle Song," it is merely one of a multitude of riddle songs; the format is common through folk music. The song was featured in the famous toga party scene in the movie Animal House
, where actor John Belushi's character, Bluto, comes across a folk singer (portrayed by singer-songwriter Stephen Bishop, who is credited as "Charming Guy With Guitar") performing the song for a group of college girls. Bluto abruptly takes the singer's acoustic guitar out of his hands and smashes it violently, then hands a splintered piece of it back, saying "Sorry." Bishop, who went on to write the hit "Separate Lives
," told us that he and Animal House
musical director Kenny Vance came up with the idea for his wussy folk-singer character to perform "Cherry." Says Bishop, "It seemed like the right song to do in the scene."