The Name Game

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Today I’m tuning it back to 1964 with Shirley Ellis’ hit song, “The Name Game”.

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: Late 1964

THE RULES: For those that need reminding of the rules of the song, here they are:

Using the name Katie as an example, the song follows this pattern:

Katie, Katie, bo-batie,
Banana-fana fo-fatie
Fee-fy-mo-matie
Katie!

A verse can be created for any name, with X as the name and Y as the name without the first consonant sound (if it begins with a consonant), as follows:

(X), (X), bo-b (Y)
Banana-fana fo-f (Y)
Fee-fy-mo-m (Y)
(X)!

And if the name starts with a bf, or m, that sound simply is not repeated. For example: Billy becomes “Billy Billy bo-illy“; Fred becomes “banana fana fo-red“; Marsha becomes “Fee-fy “mo-arsha”

BONUS VIDEO: And here’s Jessica Lange performing the song featured in Season 2 of American Horror Story.

See you next Tuesday!

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