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Surfin' Bird, Bird's The Word, Papa Oom Mow Mow song title page

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blue # = weekly pop chart

1 Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow 20   Sep 1962  
  The Rivingtons  
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2 The Bird's The Word   May 1963  
  The Rivingtons  
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3 Surfin' Bird 8   Jan 1964  
  The Trashmen  
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4 Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow   Apr 1975  
  The Sharonettes  
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5 Surfin' Bird   Jan 1978  

6 Surfin' Bird   1979  
  The Cramps  
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7 Surfin' Bird   1987  
  Pee-Wee Herman  

8 Surfin' Bird   1998  
  Freaky Fukin Weirdoz  

  All versions listed on this page were released as regular issue 45 RPM single records.  

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In 1962, The Rivingtons squeaked into the top 20 with the one hit wonder Papa Oom Mow Mow. The next year, The Rivingtons released a song called The Bird's The Word. The Trashmen put these two songs together, sped them up, and came up with its own one hit wonder, Surfin' Bird, in 1964. From there, many artists remade the revamped song, and it became a punk music favorite.

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