Posted ByAvocet on August 27, 2002 at 00:57:01:
In Reply to: Re: What's the Name of that song? posted byMichael on August 17, 2002 at 12:27:00:
: : Who wrote the music and lyrics for The Thing?
: I have a hunch that it was Mahlon Merrick... although I could be wrong
According to the 1999 Jasmine CD "Phil Harris--His Original & Greatest Hits," the composer's name was "Green." Unfortunately, no first name is listed.
The notes also mention that the song was based on the "traditional folk song 'The Tailor's Boy'" and "became a massive Christmas hit and led to all sorts of strange spin-offs speculating exactly what 'The Thing' was."
Oh, needless to say, the CD includes "That's What i Like About the South"!
Incidentally, when Phil passed away, Dr. Demento played "The Thing" on the next episode of his nationally-syndicated show!