Thursday, September 28, 2006

An Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Mistake

The AP reported a few days ago that Paul Vance—the man credited with writing the 1960 novelty hit "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini"—had died. This came as a surprise to the real Paul Vance, who lives in Coral Springs, Florida, and still collects royalties on the song.

"Do you know what it's like to have grandchildren calling you and say, 'Grandpa, you're still alive?'" he said. "This is not a game."

Rose Leroux, the widow of the man who died, said she was surprised by the disclosure, and "kind of devastated." She said she had no reason to doubt that her husband - who apparently had some sort of music career when he was younger - was the writer of the famous tune. [Link]
Hat tip to Dave at OakvilleBlackWalnut for this one.

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