Al Trace was a big-band
songwriter and band leader who made popular the ditty "Mairzy Doats"
In the 1930's and 1940's,
Mr. Trace led a band called Shuffle Rhythm that was heard nationwide
on radio. He composed songs that were later recorded by Frank
Sinatra, the Andrews Sisters and others.
In 1943, he had a hit
singing a number he didn't write, "Mairzy Doats," a string of
near-nonsense commentary on livestock eating habits that begins: "Mairzy
doats and dozie doats and little lambsy divey." (The song was
written by Milton Drake, Al Hoffman and Jerry Livingston.)
Mr. Trace's version was on
the Lucky Strike Hit Parade for 20 weeks and brought him to
Hollywood's attention. He appeared in several of Charlie Starrett's
Durango Kid movies in the 1940's, providing music and appearing in
some as a sheriff.
He wrote and collaborated on
several songs popular in the 1940's and 1950's including, "You Call
Everybody Darling," "If I Knew You Were Coming I'd've Baked a Cake"
and "Brush Those Tears From Your Eyes."
Mr. Trace moved to Arizona
in the 1970's and continued to write songs until he passed away at
the age of 92 in 1993. He wrote under the pseudonym Clem Watts.
In this clip, Mairzy Doats is
sung by the Four King Sisters.