Real name: Armenuhi Manoogian, Armenian singer/actress, daughter of wrestler 'The Terrible Turk'. Both of the authors were also Armenian, basing this song on an Armenian folk tune. First used in Saroyan's off-Broadway play The Son (1950).
Rosemary Clooney [n°1 US]
Stan Freeman [parody as Come On To Stan's House; he played the harpsichord part on Clooney's hit version]
Ross Bagdasarian [author with narration by coathor William Saroyan]
See also: Witch Doctor.