Alvin And The 'Chipmunk Song' Christmas Hit: David Seville's Novelty Act

By Emily Morenz
Album cover art of 'Christmas With The Chipmunks.' Source:

In 1958, The Chipmunks, a nonexistent musical act, achieved a #1 hit with "The Chipmunk Song," also known as "Christmas Don't Be Late." The Chipmunks weren't really chipmunks -- it was recording-studio trickery by David Seville (real name: Ross Bagdasarian) that had yielded a previous chart-topping novelty hit, "Witch Doctor," earlier that year. Alvin, Simon and Theodore would become superstars on multiple media platforms -- music, TV, comics and eventually movies -- all thanks to a Christmas hit with a famous line about a hula hoop.