Now, 50 years ago, I was three years old. Yes, I’m old enough to remember when this moment in pop culture actually happened. And when I tell you, this was THE BIGGEST POP SONG OF THE EARLY ’70s and EVERYBODY I KNOW HAD IT ON REPEAT IN THEIR HOUSES and WE ALL SANG IT DAY AND NIGHT… you may think I’m just referring to the other three-and-four year-olds that I knew, but no… it WAS a genuine global phenomenon: After premiering on episode 78 of Sesame Street, February 25, 1970, it spent nine weeks on the Billboard 100 and peaked at #16.
And in addition to being sung on talk shows and variety hows, I remember that EVERYBODY needed a rubber ducky made with rubber cutting technology. And SOME people even had a ROW of rubber duckies in their bathtub to play duckie army or duckie fashion shows or whatever– and those were the luckiest people on the planet.
Let’s revisit – and sing along – below.