December 9, 2018 posted by James Parten

I Tawt I Taw A Hit Weckard!

This chapter of our story starts out in Merrie Olde England.

Capitol Records invaded the British record market in the earliest weeks of 1949–and was accepted by the British public, who tended to prefer American versions of American songs anyway.

Within a few weeks of their first appearance, Capitol established such artists as Nat “King” Cole, Pee Wee Hunt, Nellie Lutcher, and Red Ingle as firm family favorites with the fans.

Capitol’s English label, pressed up by the local Decca concern, featured a wide variety of music for the discerning ear. This included popular, jazz, country-western, rhythm-and-blues, polka, square-dance… And it included children’s records–a specialty of Capitol for several years already (more about these, see Greg Ehrbar’s post here).

Releases included such good-selling discs (in America, anyway) as “Sparky’s Magic Piano”, ‘Rusty in Orchestraville”, “Little Toot” (with radio’s Don Wilson), and “Bugs Bunny Meets Elmer Fudd” (with Mel Blanc and Arthur Q. Bryan).

Around October, 1950, English Capitol released a coupling that had not yet appeared in Capitol’s regular domestic catalog. The disc consisted of two songs inspired by Warner Bros. cartoon characters–“I Taut I Taw A Puddy Tat” and “I’m Glad That I’m Bugs Bunny”. This record appeared (on 78 rpm only) as Capitol CL.13407.

To what must have been the great surprise of all concerned, the record took off–and not just with the children’s-record audience.

Until fairly recently, UK record sales charts were not known before November, 1952. But someone has compiled charts going back to 1940. Whether these were actual chars of the time, or whether they were “ret-conned” is anybody’s guess. These are referred to by fans as ‘the missing charts”.

The ‘puddy tat” opus entered the “missing charts” on November 6th, 1950, at #11–a pretty high debut in a Top Thirty. The next week, the record was pegged at #5. The week after, the record began a four-week run at he top of the British charts.

What’s more, the disc had staying power–what the film industry calls ‘legs”… The disc stayed in the British charts until the end of March, 1951. Don’t think for one second that this activity wasn’t being noticed in the Hollywood head-office of Capitol Records here.

NEXT WEEK: The “Putty Tat” hits the charts in the USA


  • Later to be spoofed by a certain comedy duo!

  • And the song was later done as a CGI short using the original song recording.

    • With a little added June Foray as Granny, just cause they could.
      And check out the Feb. 21, 1951 radio episode of the Jack Benny Program (should be on the Internet Archive). Mel and Don Wilson have rewritten part of the song so Tweety can plug Jack’s then-sponsor, Lucky Strike cigarettes.

  • I can attest to its UK popularity; I spent a year of college in the UK in 1994-95, and the song was still something my local friends’ families remembered. Learning I worked in animation/comics and specialized in golden age characters, many asked me if I knew the song, and one shared it with me on tape (first time I’d ever heard it)…

  • I remember hearing both tunes as a boy in elementary school. Loved them !

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