Written and first recorded (as a demo) by Dallas Frazier (1957).
Hit version by The Hollywood Argyles (US #1/R&B #3 1960).
Re-recorded by Dallas Frazer (1966).
NOTE: Above audio is a re-recording produced in 1966 for Frazier’s album Elvira.
From the wiki: “‘Alley-Oop’ was written and composed by Dallas Frazier (‘Elvira‘) in 1957, inspired by the V. T. Hamlin-created comic strip of the same name. Three years later, in 1960, a short-lived studio band, the Hollywood Argyles, covered ‘Alley Oop’.
“Producer Gary Paxton sang lead vocals on the Argyles’ track, remembering:
‘I was the only lead singer. Kim Fowley helped me produce it, because we were partners in Maverick Music International/BMI at the time … The drummer was Ronnie Silico (Lloyd Price’s road drummer). The piano player was Gaynel Hodge of the Penguins. The bass player was Harper Cosby, an L.A. jazz bassist. Sandy Nelson (of ‘Teenbeat’ fame) played the garbage can and screamed on the record.’
‘The Argyles recorded ‘Alley Oop’ at Richard Podolor’s American Recorders, next door to Lawrence Welk’s Palladium, and across from the Moulin Rouge on Sunset Blvd. near Sunset and Vine Street. A little bitty street (Argyle Street) was next door to the studio, so I said, ‘Let’s call ourselves The Hollywood Argyles!’ ‘
The Hollywood Argyles, “Alley Oop” (1960):