A Party Going On

Murray Kaufman was a New York DJ throughout the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s who was professionally known as Murray the K and he made a bet that Bobby Darin could not write a song that began with the words, “Splish Splash, I was takin’ a bath”, a phrase that was suggested by Murray’s mother, Jean Kaufman.  Bobby Darin wrote ‘Splish Splash’ and it was recorded on his 1958 album Bobby Darin Story and the single went to #3 in the US and #18 in the UK becoming Darin’s first hit.  Jean Murray a combination of Murray Kaufman and Jean Kaufman that was used to avoid any hint of payola got a co-writing credit for this song.  Murray helped with the lyrics and Jean worked on the music, as she had been a piano player in vaudeville.

Jean Murray also wrote music for Conway Twitty, Hank Williams, Loggins & Messina, Barbra Streisand, Sha Na Na and several others.  Murray Kaufman and Bobby Darin were good friends and after playing a softball game in Central Park, they walked to Murray’s apartment and both of them had sore feet.   Murray’s mother Jean called and she was told about ‘the agony of de feet’, while they were soaking their feet in basins of Epsom salts.  The “Movin’ and a-groovin’” lyric was lifted from Duane Eddy’s first single ‘Movin’ and Groovin’’ also from 1958 that he wrote with Lee Hazlewood and it was later recorded by Sam Cooke in 1962.

‘Splish Splash’ is a novelty song and it was featured in the 2004 American biographical musical drama film Beyond the Sea which is a based on the life of singer-actor Bobby Darin and it stars Kevin Spacey in the lead role.  Bobby Darin was born Walden Robert Cassotto on May 14, 1936 and he died on December 20, 1973.  Bobby was an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, impressionist, and actor in film and television.  He performed jazz, pop, rock and roll, folk, swing, and country music.  He started his career as a songwriter for Connie Francis.  Bobby Darin never had a #1 sing but he did have four others that reached the top ten, those being ‘Dream Lover’ which peaked at #4, ‘Mack The Knife’ which reached #6, ‘Queen Of The Hop’ also reaching #6 and ‘You’re The Reason I’m Living’ getting to #9.  In 1968, Bobby discovered that the person he thought was his mother Polly was actually his grandmother and Nina who he thought was his sister was really his mother and this was unsettling for him.  Bobby Darin died of heart failure when he was 37 years old.  In 990, Bobby was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Splish, splash, I was takin’ a bath
Long about a Saturday night, yeah
A rub dub, just relaxin’ in the tub
Thinkin’ everythin’ was alright

Well, I stepped out the tub
I put my feet on the floor
I wrapped the towel around me and I
Opened the door

And then a-splish, splash
I jumped back in the bath
Well, how was I to know
There was a party goin’ on?

There was a-splishin’ and a-splashin’
Reelin’ with the feelin’
Movin’ and a-groovin’
Rockin’ and a-rollin’, yeah, yeah

Bing, bang, I saw the whole gang
Dancin’ on my living room rug, yeah
Flip, flop, they was doin’ the bop
All the teens had the dancin’ but

There was lollipop with a Peggy Sue
Good golly, Miss Molly was-a even there, too
A- well-a, splish, splash, I forgot about the bath
I went and put my dancin’ shoes on, yeah

I was a-rollin’ and a-strollin’
Reelin’ with the feelin’
Movin’ and a-groovin’
Splishin’ and a-splashin’, yeah

Yes, I was a-splishin’ and a-splashin’
I was a-rollin’ and a-strollin’
Yeah, I was a-movin’ and a-groovin’
We was a-reelin’ with the feelin’
We was a-rollin’ and a-strollin’
Movin’ with the groovin’
Splish, splash, yeah

Splishin’ and a-splashin’
One time I was splishin’ and a-splashin’
Ooh, I was movin’ and a-groovin’
Yeah, I was splishin’ and a-splashin’

Written for Paula’s Thursday Inspiration 81 where this week’s theme is bath from the 2000 No Doubt song ‘Bathwater’.

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