" is a song from the Disney 1946 live action
and animated movie Song of the South
, sung by James Baskett
. The music was written by Allie Wrubel
, the lyrics by Ray Gilbert
and was published in 1946
. It won the Academy Award for Best Original Song
For many years the song was part of an opening theme medley for the Wonderful World of Disney television program, and it has often been used in other TV and video productions by the studio. It is one of many popular songs that use a bluebird ("Mr. bluebird on my shoulder"), epitomized by the "Bluebird of Happiness," as a symbol of cheer.
- The King's Men sang a cover of this song on a special episode of Fibber McGee and Molly commemorating the 60th anniversary of the show's sponsor, S.C. Johnson Company (known back then as Johnson's Wax). Their rendition, though, actually mentions the sponsor within the lyrics toward the end: "It's really true/It's actch'll/Everything is Johnson's Wax'll".
- Johnny Mercer had a #8 hit with his rendition of the song in 1947.
- Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans, a Phil Spector-produced trio from Los Angeles, recorded this song in late 1962, hitting #8 on the Hot 100 Pop hits in 1963.
- Connie Francis recorded the song in 1962 for her album Connie Francis sings Award Winning Motion Picture Hits
- Doris Day recorded the song in 1964 for her album With a smile and a song
- Louis Armstrong recorded an LP called Disney Songs The Satchmo Way in 1968 featuring a number of Disney songs including Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah.
- The Dave Clark Five recorded the song for their first UK album, A Session With the Dave Clark Five
- Paula Abdul recorded the song with a pop twist to it. In Album "For Our Children" in 1992.
- The Jackson 5 covered the song on their first LP, Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5.
- The Hollies recorded it in 1965.
- Actor Tom Hanks sings this song in the 1984 Touchstone Pictures fantasy film Splash.
- Within a Calvin and Hobbes comic story arc revolving first around a transmogrifying gun and then about Calvin stuck as an owl, Calvin is worried about what the other kids will say when they see him at school the next day as an owl until Hobbes more than cheers him up: "Since when do owls go to school?" Then, Calvin, happy about not having to go to school anymore as he's an owl, jubilantly celebrates singing a couple bars of the song.
- Diana Ross & The Supremes recorded a version of this song for their unreleased album Diana Ross & The Supremes Sing Disney Classics
- On the direct-to-video/album release Simply Mad About the Mouse, a rotoscoped Ric Ocasek sings the song.
- A Eurobeat version of the song was created for Dance Dance Revolution: Disney Mix. The artist is credited as Domino.
- Stevie Brock sings this song on DisneyMania Vol. 2 CD.
- Aly & A.J. sings this song on DisneyMania Vol. 3 CD.
- Miley Cyrus sings this song on DisneyMania Vol. 4 CD.
- Japanese singer Ami Suzuki sings this song for a Disney Music Store Japan special promotion in December 2006.
- Broadway performer John Tartaglia and the cast of Johnny and the Sprites will cover this for Disney Music Block Party.
- British comedian Bill Bailey performs a "Portishead" version of the song in his Part Troll show as a proposed new British national anthem.
- The Gaylettes, a Jamaican ska group, covered the song in the late 1960s.
The song is heard during the finale of the popular Disney theme park ride Splash Mountain, and can be found on many official albums:
It can also be heard as part of the queue music for Splash Mountain.
The song has also been used in parades at the theme parks:
The song is also the station melody for the Maihama station of the Keiyo Line in Chiba, Japan. Directly south of Maihama station lies Tokyo Disneyland.