Clap Hands! Here Comes Charley!

Clap Hands! Here Comes Charley! is a popular song that was written by Billy Rose, Ballard MacDonald and Joseph Meyer and was first published in 1925. The song was recorded by several popular singers of the era, including a version by Billy Murray in 1925. In the 1930s the song became the theme tune of British dance band pianist Charlie Kunz.[1]

In popular cultureEdit

The song saw a revival, of sorts, in the 1970s, when reworked versions appeared in two TV commercials:

  • in the United States for a Hormel product ("Clap hands / Here comes chili / Hormel / The good time chili...")
  • in the UK for Cadbury’s drinking chocolate ("Cup hands, here comes Cadbury's!") [2]



  • Award winning British playwright Peter Barnes wrote a play with almost the same title, though he spelled "Charley" with an -ie and omitted the exclamation points. Barnes wrote the first act in the 1960s and the second act in the 1990s. The comedy features a trumpet player, Charlie, whose theme song is "Clap Hands! Here Comes Charley!"


  1. ^ Ades, David; Bickerdyke, Percy; Holmes, Eric (July 1999). This England's Book of British Dance Bands. Cheltenham: This England Books. pp. 11–13. ISBN 0-906324-25-4.
  2. ^ Walsh, Irvine, Skagboys, Random House 2012, ISBN 1409028232
  3. ^ Exposing Secrets - Jeff Lynne Songs

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