In the mid 1950s, this was the title of a hit song by Miss Patti Page commonly referred to by her nickname, the Singing Rage.
Patti Page was born Clara Ann Fowler in Oklahoma and worked in the art department of Tulsa, OK radio station, KTUL. Hearing her sing, the station manager recruited her as the featured singer on a 15-minute radio program sponsored by the Page Milk Company. On air, Fowler was dubbed "Patti Page," adopting the last name from the show's sponsor; she later legally changed her name.Throughout the 1940s, Miss Page released a series of successful singles, including the 1950's The Tennessee Waltz, at the time, the largest-selling single by a female performer. It's now the Tennessee state song. She was the best-selling female artist of the 1950s.
She was the best-selling female artist of the 1950s and in 1953, recorded "(How Much is) That Doggie In the Window?" (words and music by Bob Merrill and Ingrid Reuterskiöld). This novelty tune, complete with barking dog sounds, reached #1 on the Billboard charts, holding that spot for over 5 months. Originally recorded for a children's album, it was also the first #1 song with a question in the title. An online video shows Miss Page singing the song while a small boy watches. Strangely, he is never given the puppy.
Lyricist Bob Merrill also wrote many other novelty hits, several peaked at #1 for other artists, including: If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked a Cake (Eileen Barton), Mambo Italiano (Rosemary Clooney), Honeycomb (Jimmie Rodgers), Chicka Boom (Guy Mitchell).
Some of us (ahem) may remember these songs — from our parents listening to them, of course.