Ja Da, Ja Da, Jing, Jing, Jing!

Written by Bob Carleton in 1918, it became a hit during WWI. Covers of it have been recorded by many different artists since then. Apparently it's quite well known, but I just found out about it!

From wikipedia:

In his definitive American Popular Songs, Alec Wilder writes about the song's simplicity:
"... It fascinates me that such a trifling tune could have settled into the public consciousness as Ja-Da has. Of course it's bone simple, and the lyric says almost nothing, except perhaps the explanation of its success lies in the lyric itself. "That's a funny little bit of melody—it's soothing and appealing to me." It's cute, it's innocent, and it's "soothing." And, wonderfully enough, the only other statement the lyric makes is 'Ja-Da, Ja-Da, Ja-Da, Ja-Da, Jing, Jing, Jing.'"

     Posted By: Alex - Sat Nov 04, 2023
     Category: Music

Great...now that's all I'll hear all day. Ja-da, ja-da, ja-da ja-da jing jing jing. Sheesh.
Posted by Big Mike on 11/04/23 at 09:33 AM
Uh, WWI ended in 1918. One week from today (Nov 11th). I mean, this tune is an ear-worm, but did it have TIME to become a big hit during WWI?

Also, I remember whistling this as a kid in the 1960s. I'm sure innumerable commercials stole the tune to get their message into our brains!
Posted by mjbird on 11/04/23 at 11:19 AM
I remember this song from my childhood in the 50s. As with a number of other such tunes, I had no idea it was this old.
Posted by Dr. Fian on 11/04/23 at 11:59 AM
I have this song on a record from the 1950s. It was a private press of a college jazz band from my father's alma mater, NDSU.
Posted by Patrick on 11/05/23 at 05:00 AM
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