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Ross Bagdasarian (1919–1972)

Composer, prolific songwriter ("Come On-a My House", "Witch Doctor", "Chipmunk Song"), author, actor, producer, impressionist, educated at Coll. Writer, and has made many records. He joined ASCAP in 1951, and specialized in catchy, hummable melodies. Some of his other popular-song compositions include "Armen's Theme"; "Safari"; "Freddy, Freddy"; "... See full bio »

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Known For

Donnie Brasco
Donnie Brasco Soundtrack
(1997)
Almost Famous
Almost Famous Soundtrack
(2000)

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 2016 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Jason Sudeikis/Kristin Chenoweth/DNCE (2016) ... (writer: "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)")
 2016 Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (writer: "The Chipmunk Song")
 2016 Ask Johny (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Muj kamarád má muslicku! (2016) ... (writer: "Witch Doctor")
 2015 Mozart in the Jungle (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Touché Maestro, Touché (2015) ... (writer: "Come On A My House" - uncredited)
 2015 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (writer: "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)")
 2014 Mike & Mike (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 5 June 2014 (2014) ... (writer: "Witch Doctor")
 2013 Saturday Night Live (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Jimmy Fallon/Justin Timberlake (2013) ... (writer: "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)" - uncredited)
 2013 Glee (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Previously Unaired Christmas (2013) ... (writer: "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't be Late)" - uncredited)
  One Hit Wonderland (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode, 2012) (writer - 1 episode, 2012)
- Monster Mash (2012) ... (performer: "Witch Doctor" - as Dave Seville) / (writer: "Witch Doctor")
 2010 The Sons of Tennessee Williams (Documentary) (writer: "Come on a my House")
 2009 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (writer: "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)")
 2008 That's Amore!: Italian-American Favorites (TV Movie) (writer: "Come On-a My House" - uncredited)
 2008 The Wrecking Crew! (Documentary) (writer: "The Chipmunk Song")
 2007 Alvin and the Chipmunks (writer: "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)", "Witch Doctor", "The Chipmunk Song (aka Christmas Don't Be Late)" (uncredited))
 2007 The Nanny Diaries (arranger: "America the Beautiful")
 2007 Les témoins (as Bagdasarian, "Docteur Miracle")
 2006 Ugly Betty (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Fake Plastic Snow (2006) ... (performer: "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" - as Alvin and the Chipmunks, uncredited)
 2006 Unaccompanied Minors (writer: "The Chipmunk Song")
 2005 The Ice Harvest (writer: "The Chipmunk Song")
 2005 The Girls Next Door (TV Series) (lyrics: "Come on-a My House") / (music: "Come on-a My House")
 2004 Gilmore Girls (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Party's Over (2004) ... (writer: "Come On-a My House" - uncredited)
 2004 A Dirty Shame (writer: "Captain Chipmunk")
 2002 Swept Away ("Come-On-A-My-House" (1951))
 2001 The Sopranos (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- To Save Us All from Satan's Power (2001) ... (writer: "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)")
 2000 Lucky Numbers (writer: "The Chipmunk Song")
 2000 Almost Famous (writer: "The Chipmunk Song" - as Ross Bagdasarian Sr.)
 2000 Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman (Video) (performer: "The Monster Out In You")
 1999 The Simpsons (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Make Room for Lisa (1999) ... (writer: "Witch Doctor" - uncredited)
  The King of Queens (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1998) (producer - 1 episode, 1998) (writer - 1 episode, 1998)
- Noel Cowards (1998) ... (performer: "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)" - uncredited) / (producer: "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)" - uncredited) / (writer: "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)" - uncredited)
 1998 The Rugrats Movie (writer: "Witch Doctor")
 1997 Donnie Brasco (performer: "The Chipmunk Song" (1958) - as David Seville) / (writer: "The Chipmunk Song" (1958))
 1996 Intimate Relations (writer: "Come On-a My House")
 1994 Mixed Nuts (writer: "The Chipmunk Song")
 1994 A Chipmunk Celebration (TV Movie) (writer: "Come On-A My House")
 1993 Look Who's Talking Now (writer: "The Chipmunk Song")
 1993 Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (writer: "WITCH DOCTOR")
 1991 My Girl (writer: "Witch Doctor ")
 1991 The Doctor (writer: "Witch Doctor")
 1987 Horizon (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Race for the Double Helix (1987) ... (writer: "Come On-a My House")
 1986 The Chipmunk Adventure (writer: "Come On-A My House", "Witch Doctor" - as Ross Bagdasarian Sr.)
 1984 Alvin & the Chipmunks (TV Series) (producer - 1 episode)
- The Gang's All Here/Snow Job (1984) ... (producer: "Beat It")
 1984 The A-Team (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- The Bend in the River: Part 2 (1984) ... (as Ross Bagdasarian Sr., "The Witch Doctor")
- The Bend in the River: Part 1 (1984) ... (as Ross Bagdasarian Sr., "The Witch Doctor")
 1982 Rosie: The Rosemary Clooney Story (TV Movie) (writer: "Come On-a My House")
 1978 Things We Did Last Summer (TV Movie) (writer: "Come-On-A-My-House")
 1978 The Muppet Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Gilda Radner (1978) ... (writer: "Witch Doctor")
 1978 M*A*S*H (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Major Topper (1978) ... (writer: "Come on-a My House")
 1978 Lemon Popsicle (performer: "Witch Doctor" - as David Seville) / (writer: "Witch Doctor")
 1974 Armed Servicers (performer: "Gotta Get to Your House" - uncredited)
 1972 Call Her Mom (TV Movie) (lyrics: "Come On-A My House") / (music: "Come On-A My House")
 1972 De Fred Haché Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.2 (1972) ... (writer: "Oe, Ie, Oe, Ah Ah")
 1970 Sounds Like Us (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 7 May 1970 (1970) ... (writer: "Witch Doctor")
 1960 The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #13.29 (1960) ... (writer: "Chipmunk Sing-A-Long")
 1958 You Bet Your Life (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #8.38 (1958) ... (writer: "Witch Doctor")
 1958 The Big Record (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.37 (1958) ... (writer: "Witch Doctor" - uncredited)
 1958 Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #10.36 (1958) ... (writer: "Witch Doctor" - uncredited)
 1957 The Lux Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.4 (1957) ... (writer: "Come on-a My House")
 1957 The Devil's Hairpin (writer: "The Touch of Love", "Swing It Just a Little More")
 1956 Three Violent People (performer: "Un Momento")
 1956 Flesh and the Spur ("My Brother and I")
 1956 The Bold and the Brave (writer: "The Bold and the Brave")
 1954 The Liberace Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Thanksgiving (1954) ... (writer: "Come on-a My House")
 1953 Stalag 17 (performer: "I Love You (Je t'aime)" (1923) - uncredited)
 1953 The Stars Are Singing (writer: "Come On-A My House")
 1952 Ikiru (lyrics: "Come On-A My House" (1951) - uncredited) / (music: "Come On-A My House" (1951) - uncredited)
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Other Works:

Single (as David Seville and The Chipmunks): "The Chipmunk Song" (Liberty Records). See more »

Alternate Names:

David Seville and The Chipmunks | David Seville and the Chipmunks | Dave Seville | David Seville
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Personal Quote:

On how his breakthrough hit, "Witch Doctor," came to be recorded, 1958: "When the tape was moving at half-speed, I said 'ting tang' and then I remembered an uncle who had moved to the state of Washington and I sputtered 'walla walla' topped off with a resounding 'bing bang.'" See more »

Trivia:

Claimed he got the idea for his hit "The Witch Doctor" from the title of a book he was reading, "Duel with a Witch Doctor" by Jan de Hartog. See more »

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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