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Bikini Writer Pockriss Dies

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The man who wrote the #1 hit “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” has passed away. Lee Pockriss passed away at his home in Bridgewater, Connecticut after a long illness. Pockriss was 87. Pockriss’ songwriting partner Paul Vance remembers the day the two put together the hit song:

“Lee, I said, I have an idea,” he recalled Friday. “He went crazy. By the time he got to my office he had 90 percent of the tune written.”

The song, which was recorded by 16-year-old teen idol Brian Hyland, surged to No. 1 on the Billboard charts in August 1960 and has been pop culture staple ever since. – CBSNews.com

The hit song about a shy young woman wearing a skimpy bathing suit has been covered by a variety of bands including Devo, Perry Cuomo and Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy.

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