Nick Hathaway, writer of 'Ooka Dooka Dicka Dee,' dies at 96


It’s not every day that we lose a legend. The New Republic is reporting the unfortunate death of Nick Hathaway (né Jameson Babcock) at age 96.

Hathaway is best known for penning songs like “If You’re Running Away from Me, I’m Behind You All the Way,” “The War Between the States of Mind,” and, of course, his oft-covered ditty “Ooka Dooka Dicka Dee.”

While he may not be as well-known as some of his contemporaries, Hathaway still helped to influence a whole generation of musicians. Here is a clip of singer-songwriter Jill Sobule and John Doe, of the seminal punk band X, doing a short tribute version of his iconic Tin Pan Alley tune:

Are you saddened to hear of Hathaway’s passing? Would you be slightly less sad to know that—this being the day before April 2—he never actually existed?

Comments (4 total) Add your comment
  • blaine

    April Fool’s, right?

  • Mr. Holloway

    Nicely done.

  • Shannon

    Maybe this wouldn’t have been so obvious if you had made up some songs that sounded like they could have actually been songs. Like Lonely teardrops in the rain, Or crying in the shadows.

  • Gloria

    Those sound like doo-wop song titles. Ooka Dooka Dicka Dee is a pretty good swap for the real-life folk classic King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki-Me-O.

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