The impact of this 1960’s bubblegum teen pop anthem was so big that was adapted to several different languages around the world and changed the bathing suit industry forever
The teen singer Brian Hyland peaks to No.1 in 1960 with the historical pop music song “Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini”
It’s one of the most famous Pop songs of all times and an enduring 1960’s symbol, the bubblegum pop song “Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” by 16 year old teenager Bryan Hyland was first released as a single in June 1960 backed with “Don’t Dilly Dally, Sally”. On August 8th it climbed to No.1 at the Hot 100 in the U.S, and from there to worldwide success. Written by Paul Vance and Lee Pockriss, this famous and historical Pop song, tells the story of a shy girl wearing a revealing polka dot bikini at the beach. Upon it’s release, at a time when bikini bathing suits were still seen as too risqué to be mainstream, the song prompted a sudden take off in bikini sales and is credited as being one of the earliest contributors to the acceptance of the bikini in society. At the time, despite the huge success in Europe of the original version by Brian Hyland in English, the song was also adapted into French, German, Italian and Portuguese among other languages, reaching often number one on national charts in both languages. Brian Hyland’s success would be short lived despite having still scored a few more hits during the early 1960’s with songs such as “Sealed With A Kiss” in 1961, but he would never be able to produce another follow up as strong and memorable as “Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini”
Look back at Brian Hyland performing “Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand in 1960
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