Many kids today are familiar with this nursery rhyme and have likely sung it at least once. However, many adults are unfamiliar with the original lyrics and aren’t sure who it’s meant to be sung by. In this article, I will explain who the original Grinch was, how he got his name, and where the original versions of the song can be found.
The original Grinch was a man named Richard Grinch. On Christmas night in 1911, he went to town singing and dancing in front of Christmas shoppers. Many of them had never heard of him until years later when they found out he was singing a Christmas song called “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” on the radio. The name of the original artist has become synonymous with the infamous Grinch. But the real story of who sang the Grinch song is quite different from what we know today.
Originally, Grinch was an alcoholic and a very unhappy individual. He was fired from his last job for criticizing the boss and telling a group of workers that he didn’t think they were workers. The group of workers became known as the Singers of Leisure and they often went to the local pub and sang songs. One of these songs was “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”, which was written by a man named Ray Charles Kelley and recorded by his group, The Bluejoans.
The original version of the song says that there are seven daughters of the chief, but no mention is made as to who sang the actual song. Most modern versions say that it was Mary, but the original words do not match up with the way in which Mary’s name is mentioned in the various songs. If Mary was the singer of the original song, as most modern versions indicate, then she was probably around 5 years old when the song was recorded. There is no indication of who wrote the original lyrics, so the question becomes – who sang the Grinch song?
Well, there is one possibility. John Lee wrote the original lyrics. John is his son and a great fan of the Grinch. He created the characters for the characters of the Grinch movies. In fact, many of the songs we know today came from his imagination.
One of the earliest versions of this song we have is from a humorous radio commercial. The commercial was for a soft drink that advertised its product by showing a picture of the Grinch walking along the street holding a can. The can contain only water, but the Grinch was eating it. To make matters worse, the can was titled, “8 ounces for a contented fellow”. How did the Grinch get that far?
Well, the lyrics to the song are not too clear-cut. Some people think that the Grinch wrote the words to the song because he really did see the Grinch while walking down the street one day. Others believe that the Grinch wrote the song because he was bored and wanted to escape the boring life of work for a while. Still others believe that John Lee wrote the lyrics because he really loved the Grinch.
Regardless of who actually sang the song, there is one thing for certain about that time in history. There is a whole lot of controversy surrounding one of the most popular songs of all time. People still debate about who wrote the words to the Grinch song, although most agree that whoever it was actually had a great sense of humor.