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"On Top of Spaghetti"
Song by Sharon and the Lollipops
Published 1962
Composer(s) music from "On Top of Old Smoky"
Lyricist(s) Sharon Ruth, Philip Anders

"On Top of Spaghetti" is a ballad and children's song with the best-known performance by folk singer Tom Glazer with the Do-Re-Mi Children's Chorus in 1963. The song is sung to the tune of "On Top of Old Smoky". It is the tale of a meatball that was lost when "somebody sneezed". The song discusses what happened to the meatball after it fell off of a pile of spaghetti and rolled away.

In 1961, to the same tune, Dick Biondi, The 9-Midnight DJ on WLS Chicago (1960–63), had recorded on IRC "The Pizza Song". In 1962 Sharon and the Lollipops recorded "On Top of Spaghetti" with a lyric credit to Sharon Ruth. It was released in June 1962 and reviewed by Billboard in its Limited Sales Potential column on June 23 of that year. A version in Swedish was released in 1962 by Snopporna.

Tom Glazer with the Do-Re-Mi Children's Chorus, extended version was released on Kapp in 1963 with a contradictory lyric credit to Tom Glazer, but there were not any publishing references noted on the release labels. That version reached #14 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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