Alphabet Song History

The English-language alphabet song is based on a melody by Mozart, and was copyrighted in 1835 by Charles Bradlee as “The A.B.C., a German air with variations for the flute with an easy accompaniment for the piano forte”. There are more variations, and versions for other lanuages (which do not use the word “alphabet”, such as in the Russian word for alphabet, pronounced roughly as “azbuka”).

Much more information can be found in this link: Alphabet Song info on Wikipedia

Besides the original melody, other “alphabet tunes” have been written, such as the hit in the 1940’s detailed in this link about the “Buddy” Kaye alphabet song, release by MGM Records.

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