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Origins: Who's in the Bathroom Hanging on the Wall

GUEST,Sharon 06 Sep 03 - 11:47 AM
Amos 06 Sep 03 - 11:52 AM
GUEST,Sharon 06 Sep 03 - 12:09 PM
Amos 06 Sep 03 - 12:10 PM
The Fooles Troupe 07 Sep 03 - 10:09 AM
RWilhelm 07 Sep 03 - 11:34 AM
GUEST 26 Sep 09 - 06:16 PM
GUEST,Ed 24 Mar 10 - 09:07 AM
GUEST,charport 22 Apr 10 - 11:25 AM
GUEST,Richard 30 Jul 10 - 07:46 PM
GUEST 06 Nov 12 - 02:52 PM
GUEST,MK 13 Apr 13 - 12:22 PM
McGrath of Harlow 14 Apr 13 - 12:21 PM
Cool Beans 15 Apr 13 - 11:41 AM
GUEST,LoafRanger 08 Feb 14 - 12:52 PM
GUEST,LoafRanger 15 Feb 14 - 01:52 PM
GUEST,boattail 22 Feb 18 - 01:27 PM
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Subject: Origins: Who's in the Bathroom Hanging on the Wal
From: GUEST,Sharon
Date: 06 Sep 03 - 11:47 AM

My (Canadian) mother (born in the '40's) used to sing this song to me when it was time to brush my teeth. I've never met anyone else who's heard of it.

Who's in the bathroom
Hanging on the wall
Who's in the bathroom
Long, lean and tall?

Who's in the bathroom
Who do you think?
Why, it's your friend
With the bristles on the end
Johnny To-o-o-oth
Brush 'em up, brush 'em up,
Brush 'em up, brush 'em up


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Subject: RE: Origins: Who's in the Bathroom Hanging on the Wal
From: Amos
Date: 06 Sep 03 - 11:52 AM

I believe she may have invented it, as mothers often will!

A


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Subject: RE: Origins: Who's in the Bathroom Hanging on the Wal
From: GUEST,Sharon
Date: 06 Sep 03 - 12:09 PM

I think that she told me she got them off a children's radio program, but I don't remember the name of the program.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Who's in the Bathroom Hanging on the Wal
From: Amos
Date: 06 Sep 03 - 12:10 PM

That would make sense -- a sort of 1940's forerunner of Sesame Street -- I'm sorry but I don't know the song.

A


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Subject: RE: Origins: Who's in the Bathroom Hanging on the Wal
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 07 Sep 03 - 10:09 AM

Reminds me of

Pink Toothbrush, Blue Toothbrush... that WAS a big hit...

And I am remined of certain "toothbrush jokes",
but I will be good...
~~~~~~~~

Who's in the bathroom hanging on the wall,
All nice and white, in a roll so small...

Robin


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Subject: RE: Origins: Who's in the Bathroom Hanging on the Wal
From: RWilhelm
Date: 07 Sep 03 - 11:34 AM

Later than the 40's, but Captain Kangaroo used to play a recording of this song on his TV show while a puppet toothbrush danced around.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Who's in the Bathroom Hanging on the Wal
From: GUEST
Date: 26 Sep 09 - 06:16 PM

The song was called Tommy Toothbrush. We had it on 45 back in the early fifties. I have tried to remember the words for my children and now my grandchildren. All I can remember is that the label was yellow. I remember it starting as "Who's in the bathroom hanging on the wall?' Why it's you friend with the bristles on the. Who-----? Tommy Tooth-- brush 'um up brush 'um up...... This was in about 1957 or '58. In the U.S. we lived in Illinois.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Who's in the Bathroom Hanging on the Wal
From: GUEST,Ed
Date: 24 Mar 10 - 09:07 AM

Thank you Sharon. That was nice of you to post your information for me. Your mother and I are probably about the same age. Our mothers must have found the song for us way back when. I am surprised that only two of us have heard of it.Now my grandkids will be singing it!
Thanks again, Ed


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Subject: RE: Origins: Who's in the Bathroom Hanging on the
From: GUEST,charport
Date: 22 Apr 10 - 11:25 AM

I remember it as:

"Tommy Toothbrush"

Who's in the bathroom,
Hanging on the wall,
Waiting at attention
'Till you come to call?
Who's in the bathroom,
Long, thin, and tall?
Why, it's your friend
With the bristles on the end:
Who? Tommy Tooth--
Brush 'em up, brush 'em up,
Brush 'em up, brush 'em up.

Who waits for just you
By the bathroom sink,
Maybe dressed in blue,
Or yellow, white, or pink?
Who waits for just you,
Who do you think?
Why, it's your friend
With the bristles on the end:
Who? Tommy Tooth--
Brush 'em up, brush 'em up,
Brush 'em up, brush 'em up.

(I'm 63, grew up in central WI. We sang this in grade school. Would appreciate knowing who created it, etc.)


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Subject: RE: Origins: Who's in the Bathroom Hanging on the Wal
From: GUEST,Richard
Date: 30 Jul 10 - 07:46 PM

I was born in 1957 in Vancouver B.C. and when I was very small it used to be my favourite song, so everyone in my family sang it. My older siblings remember that it used to be played on the Ross Mortimer show on a local radio station.

20 or so years ago I mentioned this song to a retired teacher (also in Vancouver) who remembered a film strip that featured the song.

I've never heard the recorded version, nor do I know who sang it, but I've been looking for it for decades. If anyone knows, please post the information.

Richard


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Subject: RE: Origins: Who's in the Bathroom Hanging on the Wall
From: GUEST
Date: 06 Nov 12 - 02:52 PM

My aunt had a record she played for her two boys and myself when I visited, and I remember only the first verse:

Who's in the bathroom, hanging on the wall,
Standing at attention 'til you come to call?
Who's always ready, at your beck and call?
Why it's your friend, with the bristles on the end -
Tommy Toothbrush 'em up, brush 'em up, brush 'em up, brush 'em up...

I sing this a lot, and my husband thinks I'm kind of crazy, but I loved this song!!1

Ethel


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Subject: RE: Origins: Who's in the Bathroom Hanging on the Wall
From: GUEST,MK
Date: 13 Apr 13 - 12:22 PM

Here's the version my mother remembers from her childhood record by 'the Sing-song Man':

Who's in the bathroom,
morning noon and night,
dressed in his coat of
yellow pink or white?
Who's in the bathroom,
who do you think?
Why, it's your friend,
with the bristles on the end,
Whoooooooo?
Tommy Toothbrush!
(Brush 'em up, brush 'em up,
brush 'em up, brush 'up...)


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Subject: RE: Origins: Who's in the Bathroom Hanging on the Wall
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 14 Apr 13 - 12:21 PM

I'd think it'd be calculated to give kids nightmares, amd put them right off cleaning their teeth...


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Subject: RE: Origins: Who's in the Bathroom Hanging on the Wall
From: Cool Beans
Date: 15 Apr 13 - 11:41 AM

I remember "Tommy Toothbrush." Frank Luther was the singer.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Who's in the Bathroom Hanging on the Wall
From: GUEST,LoafRanger
Date: 08 Feb 14 - 12:52 PM

Cool Beans, you are right. It's on this record. I listened to this record so much as a kid, I know most of these song by memory. Here is the link. http://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/frank_luther/the_sing_song_man/ Tommy Toothbrush is on it.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Who's in the Bathroom Hanging on the Wall
From: GUEST,LoafRanger
Date: 15 Feb 14 - 01:52 PM

You can purchase the complete Sing Song Man 78 RPM recordings which includes The Toothbrush Song at http://www.kiddierekordking.com/


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Subject: RE: Origins: Who's in the Bathroom Hanging on the Wall
From: GUEST,boattail
Date: 22 Feb 18 - 01:27 PM

I know this is an old thread. Here is a YouTube link to the Sing Song Man: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=751&v=pUjQUpeWOYU

Tommy Toothbrush song appears at about 9:58.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Who's in the Bathroom Hanging on the Wall
From: GUEST,Pamela
Date: 13 Jun 18 - 08:53 PM

Hi Sharon! I know this is years after your post. But my dad was a dentist. He had a record album my mom brought home and Tommy Toothbrush was my Favorite! I’d play it over and over and over when I was a little girl. Now I’m over 60.
I have thought of this song for decades now and could never find another who knew it either. Hello Tommy Toothbrush aficionado ??


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