Holy Bubblicious, Batman, how'd a song with a messed-up title like this ever make it on the charts? Well, the truth is that the deeper you probe into this song's history, the weirder it gets. It's actually a rewrite/cover of an earlier song, "Does The Spearmint Lose its Flavor On The Bedpost Overnight?" by The Happiness Boys in 1924. Lonnie Donegan simply rewrote it, in part because the word "Spearmint" is trademarked in the UK.
We'll get back to Lonnie Donegan in a minute, but first, The Happiness Boys. They had a radio program in the 1920s which was the bee's knees. I mean it could really knock your socks off, yep, it was the cat's pajamas... ahem. Anyway, they were Billy Jones and Ernie Hare, and their name comes from having been sponsored by a chain of candy stores called "Happiness Candy." Their entire gig was novelty songs. Modern audiences might most closely relate them with William Frawley's character Fred Mertz on the vintage TV show I Love Lucy
- same Vaudeville-era style of humor and music. The Happiness Boys were also released on quite a few records of the Edison Records "Diamond Disc" label. What we're saying is, if you have a box of these guys in the attic from grandma's collection, you're probably sitting on a fortune.
For comparison, here's a YouTube we found of "A Gay Caballero" by The Happiness Boys
. We dare you to go into a modern music store and ask for it out loud.