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Say, Say, Oh Playmate origins?

Asked by DrasticDreamer (23981points) April 24th, 2009

My sister wanted to know when this was written and who wrote it, but I can’t find anything about the origins online. Does anyone know?

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cheebdragon's avatar

Some things are just a mystery.

YARNLADY's avatar

It’s apparently another one of those “origin unknown” games. The sources I saw said anything from “my grandma taught me” to it was a theme on a 1990’s TV show.

Harp's avatar

“Say, Say, Oh Playmate” was a rewrite (in the 1940s by jazz musician Saxie Dowell) of an earlier song, I Don’t Want to Play in Your Yard by Henry Petrie and Philip Wingate, 1894.

YARNLADY's avatar

@Harp Yes, as a published song, but according to some of the sources I saw, it was a children’s play chant long before that, and he simply set it to music.

barefootboy's avatar

All I can tell you is that It was a hit song on the radio in 1960.

DrasticDreamer's avatar

@barefootboy Yeah? Hmm, interesting.

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