Scotty MacGregor (Irvine T.) was my dad and as you can imagine, reading about the impressions the lyrics to one of his songs had on you growing up is quite emotional. Willy the Spider was just one of many children's songs my father wrote during the years my brother and I were children ourselves. I am nearly 62 and my brother is 67 and until this very moment I never really fully appreciated the significance of his work. To me, he was always "doing his thing," writing, playing the guitar endlessly and trying to earn a buck. Many of his greatest song-writing accomplishments barely paid the bills, even though at the time performers like The Four Aces, Rosemary Clooney & Oscar Brand were using his material. My father was the consummate example of performers of his time and perhaps today as well. Right up until his death at the age of 92 years old, he was still writing his ideas on paper napkins, the margins of the daily newspaper and any other scrap of paper at his disposal. Incidentally, his inspiration for the name Willy, my uncle Bill, the youngest and last surviving member of my father's family of 5 brothers and sisters. Here's a few other tidbits about my dad that you might find interesting or simply obscure. He and my mom are buried in Tyrone, PA where my mother, Virginia grew up. My dad and Lorne Greene (yes, Bonanza fame) MC'd the Macy's Parade on CBS in the early 50's together. Many of his songs were regularly featured on Captain Kangaroo, as was he himself. He had his own show on CBS called Sergeant Safety, and one of his proudest compositions which never was published was a song he wrote shortly after President Kennedy was assassinated called - I'll Wear That Hat On Monday. Finally, as I recall the chorus to Willy the Spider went like this:
Little Willy the Spider wouldn't get out of bed.
He yawned the whole morning and scratched on his head.
He had so many legs that it gave him the blues.
All he did the whole morning was put on his shoes.
My brother and I have an extensive array of publications and records that my father did over the course of his life and I'm pretty sure "Willy" is among them. I would be happy to give you a copy or another one of his songs if I can't locate it. Feel free to contact me at email@example.com and thanks for keeping my father's work alive.
Regards, Gary MacGregor