This novelty tune was written in 1939 by two men of Armenian origin: Ross Bagdasarian and his cousin, the writer William Saroyan. Bagdasarian later had two #1 hits in 1958 as David Seville with "Witch Doctor
" and "The Chipmunk Song
." Saroyan is not known to have penned any other pop songs. He is best known for his short stories such as The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze
(1934), which idealized the hopes and sentiments of the "little man." One of his plays was The Time of Your Life
(1939) which included Bagdasarian in the Broadway cast. In fact the two cousins wrote this song on the post-Broadway tour bus of the play.