Even in 1967, Cosby was already a household name in entertainment. He had been in the TV series I Spy
since 1965, and had released numerous comedy albums. He also was a regular guest host of The Tonight Show
and annual specials for NBC.
Over the next few years, he would make a mark in the musical realm as well, not only with this song, but also with the chart hits "Hooray For The Salvation Army Band" (#71, 1967), "Funky North Philly" (#91, 1968), and the spoken-word track "Grover Henson Feels Forgotten" (#70, 1970). Cosby also co-wrote the theme to the TV show Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids
, and wrote the song "Hikky-Burr
" with Quincy Jones as the theme to his 1969 TV show.