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This was written by Broadway songwriters Charles Adams and Lee Strouse for the TV show All In The Family. The show opened with Archie Bunker and his wife Edith singing this around a piano. The show ran from 1971-1980. For the last season, an instrumental version was used to open the show.
There is an orchestral funky disco arrangement (orchestra leader Al Capps) sung by Sammy Davis Jr. on an album with a compilation of hits by different artists from 1977. Sammy was a guest on a famous episode of All In The Family where he kisses Archie on the cheek while a reporter takes a photo. (thanks, Cees - Amsterdam, Netherlands, for above 2)
There was a longer set of lyrics written for this. You can see them in the lyrics section.
Carroll O' Connor and Jean Stapleton, who played Archie and Edith, rerecorded this for the second season to make some of the lyrics more clear. The line most people couldn't understand was, "Gee our old LaSalle ran great." A LaSalle was a type of car made by Cadillac from 1927-1940.
When Charles Adams performs this at concerts, he even imitates Edith's screech. (thanks, Brett - Edmonton, Canada)
This was used throughout an episode of The Simpsons titled "Lisa's Sax," performed by Marge and Homer Simpson, with updated lyrics and the opening scenes parodying that of the opening sequence of All In The Family. (thanks, Patrick - Tallapoosa, GA)
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