Ross Bagdasarian

Ross Bagdasarian

52 (passed away Jan. 16th, 1972)
Jan. 27th, 1919
Born in
Fresno, California, USA

Ross Bagdasarian's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
The Alvin Show TV Show
The Alvin Show
The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse TV Show
The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


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"; "Copyright 1960"; "Medicore"; "Sack Time"; "A Little Beauty"; "The Prom"; "Bagdad Express"; "Little Brass Band"; "Maria from Madrid"; "Gotta Get to Your House"; "The Donkey and the School Boy", and many more.

  • Got the idea for the 1958 hit "The Chipmunk Song" ("Christmas, Don't Be Late") from his youngest son, Adam, who began asking when Christmas was coming ... in July! Bagdasarian began to wonder whether other children were thinking the same thing, and these thoughts evolved into what's become a Yuletide classic and a number one hit when it was released.
  • Father of 'Carol Bagdasarian' (qv).
  • Of Armenian descent.
  • Singer. a.k.a. David Seville of Alvin and the Chipmunks.
  • Named the Chipmunks after executives at Liberty Records, who released Seville's and the Chipmunks' albums. Alvin was named for company president Alvin Bennett, Simon for company vice-president/record producer Si Waronker, and Theodore for recording engineer Ted Keep.
  • 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.
  • Cousin of author 'William Saroyan' (qv), with whom he collaborated on the song "Come On-a My House," 'Rosemary Clooney' (qv)'s all-time biggest hit.
  • Father of 'Ross Bagdasarian Jr.' (qv).

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