The Mickey Mouse Club song

I was just talking to our HR Administrator, a friend, and we began recalling—and singing—the theme songs of cartoons and comedies of our era: The Flintstones, the Jetsons, and the Beverly Hillbillies song. When we got to the Mickey Mouse Club song, our memories diverged. She remembered “M-i-c (See you real soon) K-e-y (because we like you), and I remembered “Mic (See you real soon) k-e-y (WHY? Because we like you).” I insisted that the “Y’ was repeated twice, with the repetition being the word “why”? We made a bet, and of course I won. The Internet is great for settling these disputes.

Now you won’t remember this unless you’re in your dotage, but here it is, complete with Roy and Jimmy. Annette and Darlene, the older and pretty Mouseketeers, were the first love of many men my age, and I was particularly smitten with the dark and sultry Annette. Sadly, she died five years ago of multiple sclerosis. (If you’re a bit older, you’ll remember her in the “Beach Party” movies with Frankie Avalon, which afforded us a chance to see her in a bathing suit.) I haven’t heard this song in what must be at least 50 years.

Here’s the intro to the first episode. Roy gives me the creeps!

82 Comments

  1. Posted August 7, 2018 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    I used to watch the reruns…why? Because we liked it…cackle!

  2. Ann German
    Posted August 7, 2018 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    Disney always gave me the creeps. (BTW, PCCE, we’re the same age I think – graduated high school in ’67.) Knowing now what was going on with some of these child actors, my intuitive misgivings are explained. My favorite Disney trivia: the name of his partner in creating MM was named Ub Iwerks.

    • Ann German
      Posted August 7, 2018 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

      His full name: Ubbe Eert “Ub” Iwerks

  3. Merilee
    Posted August 7, 2018 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    I had forgotten about Roy and Jimmy. I think maybe I had a crush on someone named Lonnie??
    I would have agreed with you, Jerry, on the second Y in the theme song. Useless garbage in my hard personal drive🙀

  4. Randall Schenck
    Posted August 7, 2018 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    I had to go check the years – 1955 thru 59. So that means 5 to 9 years old for me. Everything in television was new and experimental in those days. Also all in black and white. I remember the Saturday morning cartoons, Roy Rogers and also all those Westerns. There was even a guy who flew around in an old Beachcraft airplane with his daughter – Sky King. We didn’t have any Sesame Street in those days.

    • Randy Bessinger
      Posted August 7, 2018 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

      9-14 for me. Thanks alot Jerry for making me feel so old! LOL!

      • Randall Schenck
        Posted August 7, 2018 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

        Hey…you are old.

    • Terry Sheldon
      Posted August 7, 2018 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

      Sky King…I actually saw him in person at the Allegheny County (PA) Fair back in the early 60s.

      • Randall Schenck
        Posted August 7, 2018 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

        No kidding. And there was Penny and Shadow.

    • Linda Calhoun
      Posted August 7, 2018 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

      Penny was his niece, not his daughter, and there was a nephew, too.

      Remember, in those days, there was no implication of sex, hence, no children.

      L

  5. Michael Fisher
    Posted August 7, 2018 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    Butt Monkey? WTF! I had to look up the nickname to find out the meaning is far from what I supposed.

  6. Posted August 7, 2018 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    This was supposed to get kids excited for something? It sounds like Mickey Mouse’s funeral dirge.

    • Randall Schenck
      Posted August 7, 2018 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

      It is one of those things where they say, you had to be there. The first song there was the closing theme song. So it was the sign off at the end. You know…sorry to say good bye and all that stuff to the little kiddies.

    • Posted August 7, 2018 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

      The version they used on the show–at the end–wasn’t this one; it was far more lively! But I couldn’t find it on the Internet.

  7. E.A. Blair
    Posted August 7, 2018 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    Heres the SCA version:

    Who’s the one
    That we all shun
    Who’s bad for you and me?
    A-t-t i-l-l-a t-h e-h u-n!
    Hey there, hi there, ho there,
    He’s unwelcome as can be!
    A-t-t i-l-l-a t-h e-h u-n!
    Attilla the Hun! (Genghis Khan!)
    Attilla the Hun! (Genghis Khan!)
    Forever let us hold his banner high!
    High!
    High!
    (‘cuz if you don’t he’ll kill you!)
    Come along
    And sing our song
    And join the massacree!
    A-t-t i-l-l-a t-h e-h u-n!

  8. GBJames
    Posted August 7, 2018 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    I’m in my dotage. Still don’t remember it, at least not from direct experience. (My parents didn’t get a TV until ’63 or so.)

  9. Ken Kukec
    Posted August 7, 2018 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    The Mickey Mouse theme was used to great effect by Mr. Kubrick at the end of Full Metal Jacket:

    • Randall Schenck
      Posted August 7, 2018 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

      Did not see that movie…interesting.

      Speaking of mickey mouse here is impeachment material, all ready to go if the congress wanted to actually do their job.

      We know of the famous meeting in June/July 2016 with Donald Jr and company. Even the president now admits it was to get dirt on Hilary. He just does not admit he knew about the meeting. He is of course, lying. Cohen will testify that Trump did know and he approved the meeting. Once that little detail is cleared up we have Conspiracy to defraud the U.S.

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted August 7, 2018 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

        Second half of the movie is set in and around the Battle of Huế, during the ’68 Tet Offensive. First half is set at the Marine boot camp on Parris Island. You oughta see it, buddy.

        • Posted August 7, 2018 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

          I’m generally unable to watch war stories, but “Full Metal Jacket” was an exception. I can think of a handful of others.

  10. Michael Fisher
    Posted August 7, 2018 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    I recall Brit children’s TV was pretty dire in the 50s – slow & simple. Blue Peter [from 1958 onwards] might be the nearest thing to the Mickey Mouse Club – it did have a certain amount of kiddie involvement.

    The best kiddies programmes were enjoyed by all ages, often for charmingly unintended [or hidden subversive] humour, but that was later than the 50s. The two that come to mind are Captain Pugwash & The Magic Roundabout. Here’s the latter which we hijacked from the French & to which we added a new voice over – beloved of students. Man:

  11. Adrian
    Posted August 7, 2018 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    Thank Ceiling Cat that the BBC didn’t show this sentimental codswallop.

    WE had Andy Pandy, The Flowerpot Men, Watch with Mother and the iconic Muffin the Mule.

    Oh wait…

  12. busterggi
    Posted August 7, 2018 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    Wot, no one else watched Howdy Doody?

    • Debbie Coplan
      Posted August 7, 2018 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

      I loved that show!

    • Debbie Coplan
      Posted August 7, 2018 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

      My husband, who was born in 1950, still sings –
      “It’s Howdy Dowdy time
      The show ain’t worth a dime
      And as for Claire-Abel,
      She sure can go to Hell….”
      He was from the east coast and I heard it on the west coast.
      That was not the official song but that song got around without social media.
      The word “hell” was not a good word to say back then.
      Hard to believe.

      • Debbie Coplan
        Posted August 7, 2018 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

        Oops-that should be
        Claire-a-Bell.
        She was the cow on the show

        • Merilee
          Posted August 7, 2018 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

          Apparently there was Clarabelle the Clown PLUS Clarabelle the Cow. What an embarrassment of riches!

    • Historian
      Posted August 7, 2018 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

      I was in the peanut gallery! Among the little gifts the kids were given, I remember receiving a small loaf of Wonder Bread.

      • busterggi
        Posted August 7, 2018 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

        I hope you saved it!

        I have the Princess’ charm necklace.

  13. John Conoboy
    Posted August 7, 2018 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    Every young lad of a certain age–yes me too–had a crush on Annette.

    • Posted August 7, 2018 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

      Absolutely. And then, if I’m not mistaken, 10 years later we all had a crush on Linda Ronstadt.

      • GBJames
        Posted August 7, 2018 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

        I still have a crush on Linda Ronstadt. And Emmylou Harris.

        • infiniteimprobabilit
          Posted August 7, 2018 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

          Me too. Who couldn’t have a crush on Linda?

          cr

  14. Jeff Chamberlain
    Posted August 7, 2018 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know how to post a link without embedding it, but if you ask youtube for “julie london mickey mouse march” you’ll be able to waste 2:12 quite enjoyably. (It’s all in the delivery….)

  15. Posted August 7, 2018 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    Other than having a crush on Annette, I found the show pretty much unwatchable. Although I wasn’t a wild kid by any means, it was way too bland.

    • Posted August 7, 2018 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

      It might be said, with some accuracy, that the 50s were rather bland on the whole.

  16. Jon Gallant
    Posted August 7, 2018 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    I recommend, instead, the following classic, unforgettable theme song:

    When you find youself in danger,
    When you’re threatened by a stranger,
    When it looks like you will take a lickin’, (puk, puk, puk)
    There is someone waiting,
    Who will hurry up and rescue you,
    Just CAAALL for Super Chicken! (puk ack!)

    • busterggi
      Posted August 7, 2018 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

      You knew the job was dangerous when you took it Fred.

    • Posted August 7, 2018 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

      He will drink his super sauce and throw the bag guys for a loss and bring them in alive and kickin’!

      One of my favorite jokes was from Super Chicken. The plucky pullet and Fred are flying in the super coop (a clear bubble top flying egg) looking for the bad guy when Fred says, “Why don’t you use your super vision?” whereupon Super Chicken replies, “If I had any supervision, would I be flying around up here with you?”

      I have a Super Chicken episode up on my YouTube channel. I have been considered putting up other episodes, but I am afraid of the copyright backlash.

      • Jon Gallant
        Posted August 7, 2018 at 11:36 pm | Permalink

        In my favorite episode, the plucky fowl and Fred put a dastardly villain in the lockup, in which he reflects on where he went wrong. “I have it,” the reflective villain exclaims, tapping his forehead at the Eureka! moment.
        “Next time, I ought to steal from the poor and give to the rich.”

  17. Posted August 7, 2018 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    Just when I desperately needed something in the form of “good news”, Super PCC(E)and his faithful followers come to the rescue “with a Hearty, Hiyo Silver!) Yes, I’m old enough to remember these shows and theme songs. I’m also old enough to remember such radio shows as Amos and Andy, Behind the Green Door, The Lone Ranger, Mr. and Mrs. North, etc.

    Following is a piece of “good news” I didn’t fish out of my ancient memory, or make up:

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/woman-helps-man-short-on-cash-at-wawa-finds-out-hes-keith-urban/

    • Posted August 7, 2018 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

      “I’m also old enough to remember such radio shows as. . . .”

      Right on, Rowena! And let’s not forget The Shadow, Fibber McGee and Molly, and Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy. This last may be the strangest success story in entertainment history–a ventriloquist on the radio!

      • Posted August 8, 2018 at 4:26 am | Permalink

        We had a similar success story in the UK with ventriloquist Peter Brough and his dummy Archie Andrews, whose radio programme “Educating Archie” apparently attracted up to 15 million listeners in the 50s.

      • Posted August 8, 2018 at 5:51 am | Permalink

        Remember sitting in the living room as a family and listening to these great old shows together?!

      • busterggi
        Posted August 8, 2018 at 8:25 am | Permalink

        And the strangest vntriloquist on radio was Tommy Riggs who didn’t even use a dummy (or his hand for Senor Wences fans) for his character Betty-lou.

        • Merilee
          Posted August 8, 2018 at 10:03 am | Permalink

          Saw Señor Wences somewhere a few years ago ( maybe an Ed Sullivan rerun?) He always cracked me up, especially the man in the box with the ‘Salright? ‘Salright! My ex and I did that with our pedal-operated trash cans…

  18. Tom Besson
    Posted August 7, 2018 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    My favorite rendition of the Mickey Mouse theme song was when Edward G. Robinson appeared on the show and sang, “See,see!” after “MIC”, and, “Why? Because I said so. That’s why”, after “KEY”. I also had a crush on Annette, but what prepubescent boy didn’t way back when.

  19. Posted August 7, 2018 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    Addendum: How I wish we had a video of you and your friend reminiscing about, and singing the theme songs from these shows.
    It truly pleases me to think of PCC(E)doing
    this. Who says we elders do not have fun?! Makes me want to follow suit.

    My brother and I, who used to sing all the popular songs of our era while washing dinner dishes (singing into stock pots, for example) used to joke that, as elders, all we’d have left in our memories were some of the more ridiculous lyrics and refrains from those Pop Songs. Hasn’t happened quite yet, but I’m looking forward to “Louis, Louis”,
    “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”, all the background doo wops, “dip, dip, dips”, etc.

  20. Posted August 7, 2018 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    Of all those old themes, “Flintstones” remains my favourite. It’s actually one of dozens based on the Gershwin “I Got Rhythm” chords.

  21. Posted August 7, 2018 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

    I had a friend who worked as a composer in the music department of Disney. Back in the days I went to church, the choir was getting ready to practice when somebody asked him to play the Mickey Mouse song, but in a non-standard key. She said, “C’mon, Bob, you can play anything in any key.”

    “Nope, it can only played in ”

    “Do it. You know you can.”

    So he starts playing the song in the requested key, but as he’s playing he slowly moves up the scale until he’s playing it in the RIGHT key.

    “See, I told you.”

    I do miss him; he had a great sense of humor. He died back in ’09.

  22. DrBrydon
    Posted August 7, 2018 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    I used to like the “Adventures of Spin and Marty.”

  23. barn owl
    Posted August 7, 2018 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    Never good about going to bed at a reasonable hour (or staying in bed if bedtime was enforced) as a young child (1960s), so my TV-viewing was not limited to kiddie shows. Either because enforcing bedtime was not a hill my parents chose to die on most of the time, or because they were permissive hippie types, I watched TV shows like The Man from U.N.C.L.E, 77 Sunset Strip, The Avengers, The Saint, The Prisoner, and Star Trek:TOS.

    Captain Kangaroo and Romper Room? Pfft! Boring!

    • Posted August 8, 2018 at 1:28 am | Permalink

      Diana Rigg from The Avengers was the one I was in love with.

    • busterggi
      Posted August 8, 2018 at 8:21 am | Permalink

      You’re no Do-Bee!

      • barn owl
        Posted August 8, 2018 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

        Inorite?!

        My parents could have used a copy of “Go the F%*k to Sleep” back then.

        • Merilee
          Posted August 8, 2018 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

          LOVE that takeoff on Goodnight Moon😻

  24. James Walker
    Posted August 7, 2018 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

    How long did the show run? I have vague recollections of watching it in the early 1970s.

    • busterggi
      Posted August 8, 2018 at 8:29 am | Permalink

      That was a revived version. Disney does that every so often.

  25. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted August 7, 2018 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

    Mention of the Flintstones reminds me how cheapskate Hanna-Barbera’s animations were, compared with e.g. Disney.

    Look at an old Mickey Mouse and the animation is done properly – everything that needs to move does move, in every frame.

    Now look at Flintstones, when they’re walking and talking – only their legs and lips move, and the background keeps repeating. Cheap and shoddy work.

    That was my conclusion at the time, and I was duly offended at being short-changed as a viewer.

    cr

    • Merilee
      Posted August 7, 2018 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

      On a totally different level check out the animation in Loving Vincent:
      https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3262342/
      The characters all look as though they’re painted by Van Gogh. Wonderful film!

    • Posted August 8, 2018 at 3:26 am | Permalink

      Fred Quimby was MUCH better!

      • Michael Fisher
        Posted August 8, 2018 at 3:30 am | Permalink

        THOOOMASSSS!

        • Posted August 8, 2018 at 3:37 am | Permalink

          I now see from his Wikipedia page that “He knew nothing of animation and cartoons were a strange thing to him.” ! Well he still produced them – but those were the days when Hanna & Barbera were not churning them out for cheap TV…

  26. Posted August 8, 2018 at 3:25 am | Permalink

    Those children look like they all have false teeth!
    Grown men wearing mouse eats – they must have felt like real plonkers!

    • Posted August 8, 2018 at 3:28 am | Permalink

      Mouse eats? Mouse ears…

  27. zoolady
    Posted August 8, 2018 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    I liked Darlene Gillespie…thought she could out-sing and out-dance any of them. She had a rough life, I think. Anyone know what happened when she got out of prison?

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted August 8, 2018 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

      She did some shoplifting around the time of her ’98 jail. Only in jail a few months. 2005 involved in some type of ID fraud with husband of the time, but didn’t do time.

      She’s 77 now & I think lives in Oxnard, CA.
      I know of her from a friend who is into country music – she had a failed country music career. I suspect she’s a bad judge of husband material & falls in line with plans for ‘short cuts’ to financial success 🙂

      She’s 2nd from the left in this 2015 PICTURE of the Mouseketteers 60th anniversary reunion

      • Merilee
        Posted August 8, 2018 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

        Funny that they spelled Mouseketeers wrong.

        • Michael Fisher
          Posted August 9, 2018 at 12:33 am | Permalink

          Showbiz reunions are dreadful things – you gotta be a bit hungry for something to fake-glitter-smile gather around a cake after 60 years & all you get is a Mouse waistcoat!

          • Merilee
            Posted August 9, 2018 at 7:47 am | Permalink

            🐭
            Must say I was pretty chuffed about my mouse ears when I was about 8-pink bow and all. Used to tap dance in front of the TV, to the amusement/scorn? Of my younger brothers…

            • Michael Fisher
              Posted August 9, 2018 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

              A charming image dear 🙂

              • Merilee
                Posted August 9, 2018 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

                My brothers most likely saying “Down in front!”

    • Merilee
      Posted August 8, 2018 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

      I had totally forgotten about Spin and Marty:
      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spin_and_Marty
      Ran into them when looking up Darlene.

      • zoolady
        Posted August 9, 2018 at 9:59 am | Permalink

        I saw “SPIN” not too long ago (long story but I was glad I watched it.) I hadn’t realized how many good ”lessons” were included…just gentle reminders of what good behavior entails, kindness, etc.

        • Merilee
          Posted August 9, 2018 at 10:04 am | Permalink

          Like Mr. Rogers for slightly older kids.

          • zoolady
            Posted August 9, 2018 at 10:22 am | Permalink

            EXACTLY! Would we have “Sesame Street” without the urge to gently educate children? I’ve thought about Sesame Street’s short lessons and have wondered how many adults have watched…and learned?

            • Merilee
              Posted August 9, 2018 at 10:27 am | Permalink

              LOVED watching Sesame Street with my kids.

  28. harrync
    Posted August 8, 2018 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    The version of the Mickey Mouse Club song I like finished with “Mickey Mouse [Donald Duck], Mickey Mouse [Donald Duck].” With the interjected “Donald Ducks” in Donald’s voice, of course. I was at Disneyland once [lived only 3 miles away, so Disneyland was no big deal to me] when they announced Annette would be making an appearance. She never showed up. No big disappointment; she had no more appeal to me than, say, Doris Day. But Natalie Wood or Audrey Hepburn ….

    • Merilee
      Posted August 8, 2018 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

      Now that you mention it I remember the Donald Duck version, too. Until quite recently I really only watched TV between 1956 and 1960. We were overseas before and after and then in college and after I wasn’t much interested in TV. The past 8-10 years have brought some great shows, though.
      Something else memorable from those years:
      N E S T L E S
      Nestle’s makes the very best
      choccccclaaaattte
      (Sung by a basset hound)

      • Merilee
        Posted August 8, 2018 at 6:48 pm | Permalink


        The hound’s name was Farfel, FYI.

  29. zoolady
    Posted August 9, 2018 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    Funny how we can remember all those lyrics (“Donald Duck”….”Donald Duck”) and even the names of the children….but I can’t remember right now where my blasted CAR KEYS are hiding! 🙂

    • Merilee
      Posted August 9, 2018 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

      True dat❗️


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