Theodore! ... Simon! ... ALVIN!!!!
The Chipmunks (a.k.a. David Seville and the Chipmunks) were a novelty act created by Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. Bagdasarian created the voices for Theodore, Simon, and Alvin by recording normal voices and speeding up the playback on a tape machine.
The Chipmunks made a splash on the charts in the late 1950s with "Witch Doctor" (1958), "The Chipmunk Song" (1958) and "Alvin's Harmonica" (1959), and the Alvin cartoon show premiered on TV in 1961. Chipmunks hits from after 1959 with links to song clips are given below.
Prior to the Chipmunks, Bagdasarian had appeared in several movies and debuted on the charts with "The Trouble With Harry" (1956, as Alfi & Harry). He also charted with several solo songs as David Seville, including "Armen's Theme" (1957).
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- The Alvin Twist 1962
- Alvin's Orchestra 1960
- The Chipmunk Song 1958
(This song first topped the charts in 1958 and became a perennial favorite thereafter for many years.)
- Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer 1960
(This song recharted for the Chipmunks in 1961 and also became a hit for Gene Autry (1957) and the Melodeers (1960).)
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