Song of the Day Nov 8

November 8, 2023

Today our song is: Witch Doctor by David Seville

Wikipedia tells us this about the song:

"Witch Doctor" is a 1958 American novelty song written and performed by Ross Bagdasarian, under his stage name David Seville. It became a number one hit and rescued Liberty Records from near-bankruptcy.

In the song, the singer asks a witch doctor for romantic advice, the witch doctor responds in a high-pitched squeaky voice with a nonsense incantation which creates an earworm. The technique developed in this song for the voice of the witch doctor was later used for the creation of the voices of the Alvin and the Chipmunks.





  1. The technique is so simple: sing slowly in your normal voice into a tape recorder, then play it back at double speed. Wonder if you can do it digitally?


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