BOB MERRILL and PATTI PAGE
 
 
 
 
The song "How Much is that Doggy in the Window?" became a big hit for Patti Page, and was originally written by Bob Merrill in 1952, adapted from a well-known Victorian music hall song.

Bob Merrill (1921 -1998), the American songwriter, theatrical composer, lyricist and screenwriter, was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After some time in the army in World War 2, he moved to Hollywood, where he worked for Columbia Pictures as a dialogue director. His songwriting career started when he began writing tunes for Dorothy Shay.

The 1950 novelty song: "If I'd known you were coming I'd've baked a cake" which he co-wrote, was one of his first major hits.

His two most famous songs were "(How much is) That Doggy in the Window?" which was a huge hit for Patti Page, and "Mambo Italiano" recorded by Rosemary Clooney.
He was a prodigious songwriter, producing hundreds of lyrics, including:

"Breakfast at Tiffany's"
"Love Makes the World Go Round" and
"An Old Fashioned Christmas"

 


HOW MUCH IS THAT DOGGY IN THE WINDOW?
BOB MERRILL Lyrics as sung by PATTI PAGE:

How much is that doggy in the window (woof, woof)
The one with the waggley tail
How much is that doggy in the window (woof, woof)
I do hope that doggy's for sale

I must take a trip to California
And leave my poor sweetheart alone
If he has a dog he won't be lonesome
And the doggy will have a good home

How much is that doggy in the window (woof, woof)
The one with the waggley tail
How much is that doggy in the window (woof, woof)
I do hope that doggy's for sale

I read in the papers there are robbers (woof, woof)
With flashlights that shine in the dark
My love needs a doggy to protect him
And scare them away with one bark

I don't want a bunny or a kitty
I don't want a parrot that talks
I don't want a bowl of little fishies
He can't take a goldfish for a walk

How much is that doggy in the window (woof, woof)
The one with the waggley tail
How much is that doggy in the window (woof, woof)
I do hope that doggy's for sale