The song 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"


Bob Merrill compositions have been used in many movies, including those below:

2000 The Crew

1999 American Beauty

1999 Micky Blue Eyes

1999 The Iron Giant

1996 Good Will Hunting

1996 Big Night

1994 Man of No Importance

1988 Married to the Mob

1972 Pink Flamingos

1969 Target: Harry

1968 Funny Girl

1962 Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol

1962 The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm

1953 Those Redheads from Seattle