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For the popular 1983 TV series, see Alvin and the Chipmunks (TV series). For the film, see Alvin and the Chipmunks (film). For the video game based on the film, see Alvin and the Chipmunks (video game). Alvin and the Chipmunks Origin Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. Genre(s) New Wave, Musique concrète, Country, Pop, Rock, Rap Years active 1958 – Present Label(s) Liberty Records RCA Records Chipmunk Records Website chipmunks.com Members Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. Janice Karman Steve Vining Randy Miller Former members Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. (deceased) Jai Winding Randy Edelman Joe Reisman Alvin and the Chipmunks is a six-time Grammy Award-winning animated music group created by Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. in 1958. The group consists of three singing animated chipmunks: Alvin, the mischievous troublemaker, who quickly became the star of the group; Simon, the tall, bespectacled intellectual; and Theodore, the chubby, impressionable sweetheart. The trio is managed by their human father and confidant, David Seville. In reality, David Seville was Bagdasarian's stage name, and the Chipmunks themselves are named after the executives of their original record label, Liberty Records: Alvin Bennett (the president), Simon Waronker (the founder and owner), and Theodore Keep (the chief engineer). The Chipmunks act began with recordings first brought to life in Bagdasarian's 1950s novelty recordings under the name David Seville and the Chipmunks.
For stage purposes, such as during an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, Bagdasarian lip-synched the words of "David Seville" in front of a small puppet theater, with puppets of the three Chipmunks also lip-synching. The puppets looked similar to the Chipmunk illustrations on the covers of some of the group's 45 RPM records. The characters were an unprecedented success, and the singing Chipmunks and their manager were given life in several animated cartoon series, using redrawn, anthropomorphic chipmunks, and eventually motion pictures. The voices of the group were all performed by Bagdasarian, who pitched up the playback to create higher pitched, comical, squeaky voices. This oft-used process was also not entirely new to Bagdasarian, who had also used it for a previous novelty song project, "The Witch Doctor," but it was so unusual and well executed it earned the trio two Grammy Awards for engineering. Although the characters were fictional, they did release a long line of actual albums and singles, with "The Chipmunk Song" becoming a number-one hit single in the United States. Since Ross Bagdasarian, Sr.'s untimely passing on January 16, 1972, their voices were performed by Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. and Janice Karman in all subsequent incarnations except for the 2007 CGI/live-action film adaptation, when they were voiced by Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler and Jesse McCartney respectively. Contents 1 History 1.1 "The Witch Doctor" 1.2 "The Chipmunk Song" 1.3 The Alvin Show (1961-1962) 1.4 A Chipmunk Christmas (1981) 1.5 Alvin and the Chipmunks (1983-1990) 1.6 Direct-to-video Chipmunks movies from Universal 1.7 Little Alvin and the Mini-Munks 1.8 The Chipmunks' future 1.9 Imitations 2 Characters 2.1 Alvin Seville 2.2 Simon Seville 2.3 Theodore Seville 2.4 David "Dave" Seville 2.5 The Chipettes 2.6 Miss Miller 2.7 Claire Wilson 2.8 Ian Hawke 3 Recording technique 4 Guest appearance 5 Discography 5.1 Albums 5.2 Vinyl Reissue Albums 5.3 Singles 5.4 Concert tours 6 Awards and nominations 7 References 8 External links History "The Witch Doctor" Main article: Witch Doctor (song) In early 1958, Bagdasarian released a novelty song, as David Seville, about being unlucky at love until he found a Witch Doctor who told him "What To Do" to woo his woman. The entire song was done by Bagdasarian in his normal voice, except for the "magic" words, done first in Bagdasarian's pitched-up, pre-Chipmunk voice, then in a duet between his pitched-up voice and his normal voice. The words, of course, are nonsense: "Oo-ee, oo-ah-ah, ting-tang, walla-walla, bing-bang." The "Walla Walla" part of the song was just thrown in as a reference to Ross Bagdasarian's uncle who lived in Walla Walla, Washington. The song was a major hit, sitting at Number 1 in the Billboard Top 100, a predecessor to the Billboard Hot 100 chart which would be introduced that August, for three weeks during the spring, and the Witch Doctor's "magic words" were being sung by kids everywhere. Although nothing in the song makes any reference to chipmunks, the song is now sometimes included on Chipmunk compilations, as if the Chipmunks themselves had provided the voice of the Witch Doctor (Bagdasarian did record a "Chipmunks" version of "Witch Doctor," which appeared on the second Chipmunks album, Sing Again with The Chipmunks, in 1960). In 1999, the song was covered by a band called The Cartoons. A followup song was recorded, but instead of Seville singing the song, it was sung by Jiles Perry Richardson. The song "The Purple People Eater Meets the Witch Doctor" was released as the B-side of "Chantilly Lace." Chipmunk-like voices sing backup for the Bopper. "The Chipmunk Song" Main article: The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late) The Chipmunks first officially appeared on the scene in a novelty record released in late fall 1958 by Bagdasarian. The song, originally listed on the record label (Liberty F-55168) as "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)," featured the singing skills of the chipmunk trio. One phrase in the chorus has Alvin wishing for a hula hoop, which was that year's hot new toy. The novelty record was highly successful, selling more than 4 million copies in seven weeks, and it launched the careers of its chipmunk stars. It spent four weeks at Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart from December 22, 1958 to January 12, 1959. It also earned three Grammy Awards and a nomination for Record of the Year. At the height of its popularity, Bagdasarian and three chipmunk hand-puppets appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, lip-synching the song. "The Chipmunk Song" appeared on the Chipmunks' debut album, Let's All Sing with the Chipmunks, in 1959, and was repeated on Christmas with the Chipmunks, released in 1962.
The song also has been included on several compilation albums. The Alvin Show (1961-1962) Main article: The Alvin Show The first television series to feature the characters was The Alvin Show. The cartoon gave more distinctive looks and personalities to the three chipmunks than just their voices, and an animated portrayal of Seville was a reasonable caricature of Bagdasarian himself. The series ran from 1961 to 1962, and was one of a small number of animated series to be shown in prime time on CBS. Unfortunately, it was never an immediate success in prime time and was cancelled after one season, only to find new life in syndication. In addition to Alvin cartoons, the series also featured the scientist Clyde Crashcup and his assistant Leonardo. Those characters did not feature prominently on any of the later series'. Crashcup made a single cameo appearance in A Chipmunk Christmas, and in an episode of Alvin and the Chipmunks. The first television series was produced by Format Films for Bagdasarian Film Corporation. Although the series was broadcast in black and white, it was produced and later re-run in color. 26 episodes each were produced for the Alvin and the Chipmunks and Clyde Crashcup segments, along with 52 musical segments. A Chipmunk Christmas (1981) Main article: A Chipmunk Christmas The final Chipmunks album in their original incarnation, The Chipmunks Go to the Movies, was released in 1969. After the death of Ross Bagdasarian in 1972 from a heart attack, the Chipmunks' careers stalled until NBC showed interest in the original show (the network carried Saturday morning reruns of The Alvin Show as a midseason replacement in 1979) and the following year, Excelsior Records released a new album of contemporary songs performed by the Chipmunks. The new album — Chipmunk Punk — featured Bagdasarian's son, Ross Bagdasarian Jr., doing the voices of the characters. That album and the continued reruns of the series proved to be popular enough to warrant further new records as well as a new television production, and in 1981, the Chipmunks and Seville returned to television in the Christmas special A Chipmunk Christmas, produced by Chuck Jones, which was first broadcast on NBC on December 14 of that year. Alvin and the Chipmunks (1983-1990) Main article: Alvin and the Chipmunks (TV series) In 1983, the second animated television series, produced by Ruby-Spears Productions, was released. Titled simply Alvin and the Chipmunks, the outline of the show closely paralleled the original Alvin Show. A more sustained success than the original, the series lasted eight production seasons, until 1990. In the first season, the show introduced the Chipettes, three female versions of the Chipmunks — Brittany, Jeanette, and Eleanor, who each paralleled the original Chipmunks in personality (except Brittany was vainer than Alvin, Jeanette was smart like Simon, and Eleanor was fond of food like Theodore), with their own human guardian, the myopic Miss Beatrice Miller (who arrived for the 1986 season). The Chipmunks even sang a variation of NBC's Let's All Be There campaign for its Saturday-morning lineup in 1984. After 1988, the show was renamed just The Chipmunks to indicate that there were now two groups of them. Also introduced was the boys' "Uncle" Harry, who may or may not have actually been a relative.
The show reflected current trends and historical events in pop culture; the Chipmunks sang recent hits, and wore contemporary clothing. One "documentary" episode spoofed John Lennon's 1966 infamous comment that The Beatles had become "more popular than Jesus", by recalling how the Chipmunks had fallen in popularity after Alvin boasted they were "bigger than Mickey Mouse!" In 1987, during the fifth season of the show on television, the Chipmunks had their first animated feature film, The Chipmunk Adventure, directed by Janice Karman and Ross Bagdasarian, Jr., and released to theatres by The Samuel Goldwyn Company. The film featured the Chipmunks and the Chipettes in a contest traveling around the world. In the 1988–89 season, the show switched production companies to DIC Entertainment, by which time the Chipmunks had truly become anthropomorphized. In 1990, the show switched titles again to The Chipmunks Go to the Movies. Each episode in this season was a spoof of a Hollywood film, such as Back to the Future, King Kong, and others. In addition, several television specials featuring the characters were also released. At the conclusion of the eighth season, the show was cancelled again. In 1990, a documentary was produced about the show entitled Alvin and the Chipmunks/Five Decades with the Chipmunks. In that year, the Chipmunks also teamed up for the first and only time with other contemporary cartoons (such as Bugs Bunny, Garfield, etc.) for the drug abuse-prevention special Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue. Direct-to-video Chipmunks movies from Universal Main articles: Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein and Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman In 1996, the rights to the characters were purchased by Universal Studios. This resulted in The Chipmunks' 1999 reappearance in the form of the direct-to-video movie Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein. The movie was successful enough to spark interest in a sequel, and in 2000, Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman appeared. Both movies featured the original cast of the second series reprising their roles and the tone of the movies are very similar to the series. These film titles reflect earlier horror spoofs by Abbott and Costello. Little Alvin and the Mini-Munks Main article: Little Alvin and the Mini-Munks A live-action movie called Little Alvin and the Mini-Munks  was released on April 27, 2004 (April 24, 2005 according IMDb ). It features puppetry used for the Chipmunks and Chipettes. In this movie, when Dave (Ross Bagdasarian, Jr.) goes out of town, he leaves the young Chipmunks and the Chipettes in the care of Lalu (Janice Karman), a friend who is happy to have six pre-schoolers stay with her. Lalu lives in a magic cottage with Gilda (a talking cockatoo), and PC (a talking frog who believes he is one kiss away from being Prince charming). There are also Sam and Lou, two gophers who report to the viewers about the feelings the characters are experiencing. While at Lalu's, the kids learn and sing about separation, jealousy, telling the truth, sharing, and other life lessons. Theodore learns about telling the truth, and not to put things into the toilet; Alvin learns about helping Eleanor (the infant); and Jeanette learns that she cannot "borrow" Brittany's lipstick. The direct to video feature was directed and co-written by Jerry Rees, who also animated all the CGI effects and voiced two characters. The budget for the project was unusually low, at $600,000. It was also the first and only live-action appearances of Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. and Janice Karman, respectively. The Chipmunks' future Alvin, seen here as a balloon in the 2007 Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade.In 2002, Bagdasarian Productions sued Universal Studios for breach of contract, in order to recoup monentary damages and to regain control of the Alvin and the Chipmunks characters. In 2004, 20th Century Fox, Regency Enterprises and Bagdasarian Productions announced a CGI/live action film adaptation of the popular musical group and animated series. The new film Alvin and the Chipmunks, directed by Tim Hill and starring Jason Lee as Dave Seville, was released on December 14, 2007. With Justin Long as Alvin, Matthew Gray Gubler as Simon, and Jesse McCartney as Theodore, it marks the first motion picture in which nobody related to Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. has performed as David or the Chipmunks. Though the critics gave it harsh reviews, audiences consisting of children and their baby boomer parents flocked to the theatres. As of February 14, 2008, it has made over $210 million in North America alone and a total of nearly $330 million worldwide. In 2006, Bagdasarian Productions sued Thomas Lee, the creator of Chipmunks Gangsta Rap, a parody created by Bentframe and featured on Atom Films. The lawsuit is still in process. Also, The Chipmunk Adventure was released on DVD by Paramount Home Entertainment, then later Trick or Treason, A Chipmunk Christmas: 25th Anniversary and A Chipmunk Valentine. The Chipmunks Go To The Movies was released on May 22, 2007. Imitations While the series was being prepared for broadcast, an imitation, The Nutty Squirrels, beat them to the market, but was less successful, despite catchy scat singing. Also, many people think that Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers are a "cheap imitation" of the Chipmunks.
This, however, is incorrect, as Chip and Dale first appeared in the Disney cartoon Private Pluto in 1943, more than a decade before the creation of the Chipmunks--however, the cartoon series Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, the first appearance of them with different personalities and first appearance of them wearing clothes was created in 1989, well after the debut of Alvin and the Chipmunks in the fifties. Other than anthropomorphic chipmunks as main characters, the two franchises have little in common, other than the fact that Chip and Dale have squeaky voices created by the speeding up of records to 45 (or sometimes, but very rarely, 78) RPM. The mice in the Universal Pictures live-action film Babe also have squeaky voices. Characters Alvin Seville Alvin is a roller coaster. His enthusiasm is boundless and his despair bottomless. The term look before you leap definitely doesn't apply to Alvin, who is impulsive, charming, musical and full of animal magnetism. Alvin always makes up hare-brained schemes to get what his goal at the time is, whether it be trying to help his brothers, or keeping Dave from figuring something out. However, Alvin seems to refer to his often illogical or crazy plans as "challenging the ordinary". Alvin's signature color is red, and he has brown eyes in the live action film (Alvin and the Chipmunks) and blue eyes in the series. He plays the guitar, piano and harmonica. Alvin holds the place as the leader of the chipmunk trio. He and Brittany Miller of The Chipettes have a love-hate relationship. According to "A Chat With Alvin", he cannot pronounce Ross Bagdasarian, Jr.'s last name correctly, which, at the end of the track, gets him yelled at by Ross, Jr. In the 2007 version of Alvin and the Chipmunks, he is voiced by Justin Long. In the movie he describes himself upon meeting Dave as 'the awesomest one'. Simon Seville In addition to having an IQ just north of Einstein, Simon possesses a very dry sense of humor as well as a keen wit. Alvin exploits Simon's master mind for his crazy schemes because he is smart enough to carry them out. In the end, Simon loves Alvin, although he secretly worries that they share the same gene pool. His signature color is blue, and he has blue-gray eyes, and his glasses often have blue frames (other times, his glasses have black frames). He also has brown fur in the film. He plays the bass, bass clarinet, saxophone, bagpipes, tuba, drums, and keyboard. Simon and Jeanette Miller of The Chipettes are very shy about their romantic relationship, but it's obvious he cares for her. In the 2007 version of Alvin and the Chipmunks, he is voiced by Matthew Gray Gubler and given his glasses by Dave, who takes them from a Santa doll. Theodore Seville Theodore is the child of innocence. He is shy, loving, sensitive, gullible, trusting, naive and cute. In short, he is an easy target for Alvin's manipulations. In fact, Theodore often holds the swing vote between his two brothers' choices of action. Simon appeals to Theodore's better nature while Alvin goes straight to bribery. He is constantly craving snacks and in one episode, tried to eat alvin's hand because of his hunger. Theodore's signature color is green, and has the same color eyes. He also has blonde/tan fur in the film. He plays the drums. He is the baby of the group. He and Eleanor Miller of The Chipettes are the most open about their romantic relationship. In the 2007 version of Alvin and the Chipmunks, he is voiced by Jesse McCartney. David "Dave" Seville David Seville, or "Dave" to his friends and the boys, has his patience tested on a daily basis. Not only does he juggle his professional life as the songwriter for the musical trio, but he's also the Chipmunks' adoptive father and confidant. While Dave struggles to remain calm and objective, Alvin often pushes him over the edge, resulting in Dave's famous yell, "AAAALLLLVVVVIIIINNNN!!!!!!" to which Alvin often replies with a loud "OK!!" Dave plays piano and the guitar. In the 2007 version of Alvin and the Chipmunks, he is played by Jason Lee. The Chipettes The Chipmunks' female counterparts, first introduced in the 1980s animated series. Sometimes dating, and competing with the Chipmunks. Miss Miller First appeared on the 1980s series. The Chipmunks' baby sitter who looks after them when Dave goes to work. Later becomes the legal guardian of the Chipettes. She was voiced by the late Dody Goodman. Claire Wilson Claire is Dave's ex-girlfriend who adores the Chipmunks after she finally gets to meet them. She becomes good friends with Dave again by the end of the movie. She appears in the 2007 Alvin and the Chipmunks movie. She is played by Cameron Richardson. Ian Hawke The main antagonist of the 2007 Alvin and the Chipmunks movie. He was Dave's college roommate and the CEO of Jett Records. The Chipmunks snuck off to his mansion to audition. He rockets them to the top of music business but secretly wants to lure them away from Dave for his own profit. His plan ultimately fails, as the Chipmunks have escaped him, thus leaving him broke and out of a job. He is played by comedian David Cross. Recording technique The Chipmunks' voices were recorded onto audiotape by voice talent talking or singing at half the normal speed. When the tape was played back at double speed, they would sound a full octave higher in pitch, at normal tempo. The technique was by no means new to the Chipmunks. For example, the high and low pitched characters in The Wizard of Oz were achieved by speeding up and slowing down vocal recordings. And Mel Blanc's voice characterization for Daffy Duck was sped up to some extent. Now the same effect can be created digitally and in real time. However, the extensive use of this technique with the Chipmunks, coupled with their popularity, linked this technique to them. The term "chipmunk-voiced" has entered the American vernacular to describe any artificially high-pitched voice. A similar effect could be obtained in playback by merely taking an LP recorded at 33 1/3 RPM and playing it back at 45 or 78 RPM, a trick sometimes tried out by ordinary record listeners just for laughs. The instrumental portions of the song are sped up as well, however, making it obvious that the music is being played at the wrong speed (Bagdasarian recorded vocals and music at different speeds to combine properly on his recording). Also, doing so might damage the record being played. The technique was frequently imitated in comedy records, notably "The Ying Tong Song" by The Goons, "Transistor Radio" by Benny Hill, "Bridget the Midget" by Ray Stevens, "The Laughing Gnome" by David Bowie, and on several tracks on Joe Meek and the Blue Men's album I Hear a New World. The technique also appears in the instrumental break in Bobby Lewis' 1961 US #1 hit "Tossin' and Turnin'".
It was used extensively in the British puppet show Pinky and Perky. Prince has also used the technique on several of his songs. In the early 90's rave scene, many breakbeat hardcore productions would utilize the same studio tricks, often taking acappellas from old soul and house records and speeding them up to fit the faster tempo. Vocals in songs that used this method would typically be referred to as "chipmunk vocals". Guest appearance The Chipmunks make a guest appearance on the Canned Heat song "The Chipmunk Song" (which is not the same song as the 1958 hit) that appeared on their Christmas single. Discography Albums 1959: Let's All Sing with The Chipmunks (Liberty LRP-3132 mono/LST-7132 stereo) (Released on compact disc by Capitol Records in 2008) 1960: Sing Again with The Chipmunks (Liberty LRP-3159 mono/LST-7159 stereo) (Released on compact disc by EMI-USA in 1990 and again by Capitol Records in 2008) 1960: Around the World with The Chipmunks (Liberty LRP-3170 mono/LST-7170 stereo) (Released on compact disc by EMI-USA in 1990 and again by Capitol Records in 2008) 1961: The Alvin Show (Liberty LRP-3209 mono/LST-7209 electronic stereo) (Released on compact disc by EMI-USA in 1990) 1962: The Chipmunk Songbook (Liberty LRP-3229 mono/LST-7229 stereo) (Released on compact disc by Capitol Records in 2008) 1962: Christmas with the Chipmunks (Liberty LRP-3256 mono/LST-7256 stereo) (Released on compact disc by EMI-Manhattan in 1987) 1963: Christmas with the Chipmunks, Vol. 2 (Liberty LRP-3334 mono/LST-7334 stereo) (Released on compact disc by EMI-Manhattan in 1988) 1964: The Chipmunks Sing The Beatles Hits (Liberty LRP-3388 mono/LST-7388 stereo) (Released on compact disc by EMI-Manhattan in 1987, by CEMA Special Products in 1995, and by Capitol Records in 2008) 1965: The Chipmunks Sing with Children (Liberty LRP-3405 mono/LST-7405 stereo) (Released on compact disc by EMI-USA in 1990) 1965: Chipmunks à Go-Go (Liberty LRP-3424 mono/LST-7424 stereo) (Released on compact disc by EMI-USA in 1990) 1968: The Chipmunks see Doctor Dolittle (Sunset M-1300 mono/S-5300 stereo) 1969: The Chipmunks Go to the Movies (Sunset S-5312 stereo) (Released on compact disc by Capitol Records in 2008) 1975: The Very Best of The Chipmunks (United Artists UA-LA570) 1980: Chipmunk Punk (Excelsior XLP-6008) 1981: Urban Chipmunk 1981: A Chipmunk Christmas 1982: Chipmunk Rock 1982: The Chipmunks Go Hollywood 1984: Songs from Our TV Shows 1987: The Chipmunk Adventure 1988: Solid Gold Chipmunks: 30th Anniversary Collection (Label: Buena Vista Records) 1988: The Chipmunks and The Chipettes: Born to Rock (Label: Quality Special Products, RSP 164) 1990: Rockin' Through the Decades 1991: The Chipmunks Rock the House (Label: Quality Special Products, RSP 213) 1992: Chipmunks in Low Places (Label: Sony Wonder, ASIN B0000028T3) 1992: Greatest Hits 1993: The Alternative Alvin (Label: SST, SST 226) 1993: Alvin's Christmas Carol 1993: Sing-Alongs (The Chipmunks Album) 1994: Here's Looking at Me! 1995: Alvin's Daydreams 1995: Chipmunk Celebration 1995: Easter Chipmunk 1995: When You Wish Upon a Chipmunk 1995: A Very Merry Chipmunk 1995: The Very Best of The Chipmunks 1996: Club Chipmunk: The Dance Mixes 1998: The A-Files: Alien Songs 1999: Greatest Hits: Still Squeaky After All These Years (original) 2003: Merry Christmas from the Chipmunks 2004: Little Alvin and the Mini-Munks 2007: Greatest Hits: Still Squeaky After All These Years (re-issue) 2007: Alvin and the Chipmunks: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 2007: Christmas with The Chipmunks Vinyl Reissue Albums 1974: Christmas With The Chipmunks (United Artists UA-LA352-E2) (2-LP repackage of Christmas With The Chipmunks and Christmas With The Chipmunks Vol. 2) 1975: Christmas With The Chipmunks (Mistletoe MLP-1216) 1975: Christmas With The Chipmunks Vol. 2 (Mistletoe MLP-1217) 1980: Christmas With The Chipmunks (Pickwick SPC-1034) (reuses the cover artwork from the United Artists reissue, with the original front cover of Christmas With The Chipmunks Vol. 2 on the front and Christmas With The Chipmunks on the back) 1980: The Twelve Days Of Christmas With The Chipmunks (reissue of Christmas With The Chipmunks Vol. 2, mono but labeled stereo, with new cover artwork by Doug Oudekirk, the artist who had drawn the Chipmunk Punk cover) 1980: Christmas With The Chipmunks (Liberty LM-1071) (Without "Over The River And Through The Woods" and "We Wish You A Merry Christmas") 1981: The Chipmunks Sing The Beatles Hits (EMI Nut NUTM-31) (Mono UK reissue sold in the US as an import) 1982: The Chipmunks Sing The Beatles Hits (Liberty LN-10177) (Without "Twist And Shout" and "I Saw Her Standing There") (Stereo) 1982: Chipmunks à Go-Go (Liberty LN-10178) (Without "Sunshine, Lollipops And Rainbows" and "The Race Is On") 1986: Christmas With The Chipmunks Vol. 2 (Liberty) The Chipmunks also share a valued passion for singing, with their high-pitched Chipmunk voice! Charting Albums Albums Chart Position Year Let's All Sing With the Chipmunks US Billboard 200 4 1960 Sing Again With the Chipmunks 31 1960 Christmas With The Chipmunks 84 1962 Christmas With The Chipmunks, Vol. 2 9 1963 The Chipmunks Sing The Beatles Hits 14 1964 Chipmunk Punk 34 1980 Urban Chipmunk 56 1981 Chipmunk Rock 109 1982 A Chipmunk Christmas 72 1982 Chipmunks in Low Places 21 1992 A Very Merry Chipmunk 147 1994 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 5* 2007 *Indicates that the album is currently active on the charts Singles 1958: "Witch Doctor" (Liberty F-55132) (US #1) (Credited solely to David Seville) 1958: "The Chipmunk Song" (Liberty F-55168) (US #1) (The first Chipmunks record. On this first release, the artist is credited as "The Chipmunks, Alvin, Theodore & Simon, with the music of David Seville." B-side is a non-Chipmunk David Seville track.) 1958: "Purple People Eater meets the Witch Doctor" A followup to both songs, it is sung by Jiles Perry Richardson (better known as "The Big Bopper") with Chipmunk-like voices singing the choruses and backup. It was originally released as the B-side of "Chantilly Lace," and recently rediscovered and re-released on "Helloooo Baaaby! The Best of the Big Bopper" 1959: "Alvin's Harmonica" (Liberty F-55179) (US #3) (A-side artist credited as "David Seville & The Chipmunks;" B-side by David Seville) 1959: "Ragtime Cowboy Joe" (Liberty F-55200) (US #16) (B-side by David Seville) 1960: "Alvin's Orchestra" (Liberty F-55233) (US #33) (B-side by David Seville) 1960: "Coming Round The Mountain" (Liberty F-55246) 1960: "Alvin for President" (Liberty F-55277) (US #95) (B-side by David Seville) 1960: "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" (Liberty F-55289) 1962: "The Alvin Twist" (Liberty 55424) (Beginning with this release, the artist was credited as "The Chipmunks - Alvin, Simon and Theodore with David Seville") 1962: "America the Beautiful" (Liberty 55452) 1963: "Alvin's All Star Chipmunk Band" (Liberty 55544) 1963: "Eefin' Alvin" (Liberty 55632) (B-side by David Seville) 1963: "Wonderful Day" (Liberty 55635) 1964: "All My Loving" (Beatles cover)/"Do You Want to Know a Secret" (Liberty 55734) 1965: "Do-Re-Mi"/"Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" (Liberty 55773) 1965: "I'm Henry VIII, I Am (Fred Murray and R. P. Weston cover and Herman's Hermits (singer)cover"/"What's New, Pussycat? (Tom Jones cover)" (Liberty 55832) 1967: "Sorry About That, Herb" (Dot 16997) 1968: "Talk to the Animals (from Doctor Dolittle)" (Sunset 61002) 1968: "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang"/"Hushabye Mountain" (Sunset 61003) 1980: "You May Be Right" 1980: "Call Me" 1981: "I Love a Rainy Night" 1983: "We're The Chipmunks/Beat It" (Michael Jackson cover) 1990: "Jingle Bells Finale" 1993: "Achy Breaky Heart" (Billy Ray Cyrus cover; 45, 1993, Epic 74776) (#72 Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks) 1994: "I Don't Want To Be Alone For Christmas (Unless I'm Alone With You)" (actually performed by James Ingram) 1996: "Macarena" 2007: "The Chipmunk Song" (2007 Version) (US #66) 2007: "Witch Doctor" (2007 Version) (US #62) 2008: "Bad Day (cover of Daniel Powter)" (US #67) 2008: "Funkytown (cover of Lipps Inc)" (US #86) Concert tours 2008: Get Munk'd Tour (The Chipmunks) Awards and nominations The original theatrical poster for The Chipmunk Adventure.1959, won three Grammy Awards for Best Recording for Children, Best Comedy Performance, and Best Engineered Record - Non-Classical for the song "The Chipmunk Song." (Was also nominated for Record of the Year, but did not win.) 1960, won a Grammy Award for Best Engineered Recording, Non-Classical, for the song "Alvin's Harmonica." 1961, won a Grammy Award for Best Album for Children for the album Let's All Sing with The Chipmunks. (It was also nominated for Best Engineered Record, Non-Classical.) The song "Alvin for President" was also nominated for both Best Comedy Performance - Musical and Best Engineered Record - Novelty, making two nominations in the latter category.) 1962, was nominated again for a Grammy Award for Best Engineered Record - Novelty for the television tie-in album The Alvin Show. 1963, was nominated again for Grammy Awards for both Best Album for Children and Best Engineered Record - Novelty for the album The Chipmunk Songbook. 1966, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Recording for Children for the song "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious". 1985, was nominated for an Emmy Award in the category "Outstanding Animated Program (Daytime)." 1987, the second television series was nominated for a Young Artist Award in the category "Exceptional Family Animation Series or Specials." 1987, was nominated for an Emmy Award in the category "Outstanding Animated Program (Daytime)." 1988, was nominated for an Emmy Award in the category "Outstanding Animated Program (Daytime)* 1988, was nominated for a Young Artist Award in the category "Best Motion Picture - Animation" for the movie The Chipmunk Adventure. 2000, won the Golden Reel Award in the category "Best Sound Editing - Direct to Video - Sound Editorial" for the movie Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein. 2008, Jason Lee won The Kids' Choice Awards in the category "Favorite Movie" for the movie Alvin and the Chipmunks There were five Grammy Awards, a Golden Reel Award, and a Kids Choice Award in total. References http://www.cannedheatmusic.com/bio.htm External links TheChipmunks.com, Bagdasarian Productions' official site Cinema.ch Trailer Alvin and the Chipmunks Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. · Janice Karman · Randy Miller · Steve Vining Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. · Randy Edelman · Joe Reisman · Jai Winding Singles "The Witch Doctor" · "The Chipmunk Song" · "Alvin's Harmonica" · "Alvin's Orchestra" · "Alvin for President" · "What's New, Pussycat" · "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" · "You May Be Right" · "Call Me" · "We're The Chipmunks" · "Beat It" · "Macarena" · "Bad Day" · "Funkytown" Albums Let's All Sing with The Chipmunks · Sing Again with The Chipmunks · Around the World with The Chipmunks · The Alvin Show · The Chipmunk Songbook · The Chipmunks Sing the Beatles Hits · The Chipmunks Sing with Children · Chipmunks à Go-Go · The Chipmunks see Doctor Dolittle · The Chipmunks Go to the Movies · The Very Best of The Chipmunks · Chipmunk Punk · Shirley, Squirrely and Melvin: LIVE · A Chipmunk Christmas Soundtrack · Urban Chipmunk · Chipmunk Rock · The Chipmunks Go Hollywood · Songs from Our TV Shows – with The Chipettes · The Chipmunk Adventure Soundtrack · Rockin' Through the Decades Soundtrack · The Chipmunks and The Chipettes: Born to Rock · The Chipmunks Rock the House · Chipmunks in Low Places · Greatest Hits · When You Wish Upon a Chipmunk · A Very Merry Chipmunk · Club Chipmunk: The Dance Mixes · The A-Files: Alien Songs · Greatest Hits: Still Squeaky After All These Years · Little Alvin and the Mini-Munks Soundtrack · Alvin and the Chipmunks Soundtrack · Christmas with the Chipmunks Television The Alvin Show (1961-1962) · A Chipmunk Christmas (1981) · Alvin and the Chipmunks (1983-1990) (Episodes) · The Chipmunks Go to the Movies (1990) · Rockin' Through the Decades (1990) Films The Chipmunk Adventure (1987) · Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue (1990) · Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein (1999) · Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman (2000) · Little Alvin and the Mini-Munks (2005) · Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007) Media Alvin and the Chipmunks (video game) (2007) Other The Chipettes · Bagdasarian Productions · Clyde Crashcup · Chipmunk Records · The Nutty Squirrels Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alvin_and_the_Chipmunks" Categories: Alvin and the Chipmunks | Animated musical groups | Fictional musical groups | Parodists | Fictional chipmunks | Children's musical groups | Fictional triplets | 1950s music groups | 1960s music groups | 1970s music groups | 1980s music groups | 1990s music groups | 2000s music groups